When Does Trash-Talking Go Too Far? When You Threaten To Rape Your Opponent’s Mom
An Australian Rules Football player is in hot water after his on-field smack talk (or "sledge," in Aussie parlance) went beyond common decency -- but the player whose mum was the target of the verbal attack appears to be in a forgiving mood.
West Coast Eagles midfielder Patrick McGinnity will sit out one match and pay a $2,500 fine ($2,613.15 in U.S. dollars) for "vilifying" Melbourne forward Ricky Petterd's mother before halftime of Sunday's match -- though McGinnity's manager says Petterd is just being "thin-skinned." The story from Sky Sports:
Petterd, to his credit, seems to be dealing with the threat in a remarkably mature manner:
From all reports he's a really good fella and I understand he's said the wrong thing at the wrong time and I reckon he regrets it.
AFL Commissioner Andrew Demetriou says such comments were a regularity in the past, but that today's world requires more sensitivity:
They might have said it 20 or 30 years ago, they might have said it when I played [...] But I tell you, after you've been educating players for a number of years on many, many issues, you don't (normally) hear those sorts of things on the football field.
West Coast manager David Sierakowski, meanwhile, thinks Petterd was out of line to complain about the comment to referees:
It was a loose comment, and it shouldn't have been said, but it should have been forgotten. Pat should have taken it back and everyone should have moved on. To have a Melbourne player come out and do this to him is quite embarrassing. If Ricky Petterd had his time over again, I think he'd do it differently.
In addition to the suspension and fine, McGinnity must apologize formally to Petterd and undergo counseling.
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