Rugby league star criticises Olympic swimmer over homophobic comments
Australian rugby league star Ian Roberts has labelled Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice as a “complete idiot” after she posted an anti-gay comment on her Twitter page.
Commenting on Australia’s two-point win over the Springboks in South Africa on Saturday night, Rice tweeted: “Suck on that f–gots,” adding: “Probably the best game I’ve ever seen!! Well done boys.”
The comment, which Rice has since removed, stunned Roberts who called for sponsors to question their support of the swimmer.
“She is an idiot … and anyone who continues to endorse her as an athlete is an idiot as well,” Roberts fumed.
“And I say that with a very sad tone in my voice. What a fool. And if her sponsors don’t do something about it, they’re fools as well.”
Acknowledging her comment later, Rice wrote; “Okay so maybe I got a bit too excited before!! But I love seeing Australians do well”.
Last night Rice issued a statement saying she had made the comment in the excitement of the moment. “I did not mean to cause offence and I apologise. I have deleted it from the site.”
But Roberts, one of only a handful of openly gay athletes and a devoted gay-rights advocate, dismissed it as “inexcusable”.
“I also like seeing Australians do well,” he said. “But it is never acceptable to belittle gay people.”
From the Courier Mail