Kerri-Anne Kennerley has weighed into the debate on AFL footballers being questioned over an alleged sexual assault.
On her Nine morning show today Kennerley was interviewing Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt whose comments on Twitter yesterday sparked calls for his travel show to be dumped.
Referring to AFL players she said, “Their behaviour is in the spotlight. They know that.
“But they put themselves in harm’s way by picking up strays.”
Before Everitt could respond she added, “Now they’re laughing at me on the floor here for saying ‘strays’, but come on, we know girls, …forever, this is not a new thing. Girls have been throwing themselves at famous sports people for years.”
A Channel Nine spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that Kennerley would not answer questions directly about the incident but released a statement:
“In relation to the ‘stray’ term used, responsibility cuts both ways with these sort of things, and not with just the one party.
“What she was speaking to Spida about was the fact that, not one party can be blamed for this. The responsibility lies with the girls as well as with the guys when you’re talking about alcohol-fuelled situations at three o’clock in the morning.”
Collingwood has confirmed two players have been questioned by Victoria Police but have not been charged.
Everitt’s travel show The Great Australian Doorstep currently airs on 7TWO.
Neither Seven nor Everitt have given any comment to emquiries from TV Tonight.
Update: Nine has now qualified its statement it issued to media this morning.
The above statement was by no means meant to play down the very serious allegations of rape and domestic violence. It was in reference to a small segment of the conversation between Spida and Kerri-Anne.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald