Sam Newman slammed for “homophobic” comments
Sam Newman is booed by the audience and branded as homophobic after comments that a gay kiss was "gratuitous."
Audience members and Footy Show co-hosts disagreed with Newman when he said the kiss between NFL player Michael Sam and his partner were an “annoyingly gratuitous act.” Michael Sam had just been drafted into the NFL with cameras on hand for a celebratory smooch by his partner.
“No heterosexuals do that when they’re drafted,” Newman asserted.
“Yes they do,” said Garry Lyon as audience members began booing.
“They do it all the time,” Brayshaw added.
“You always see shots of players drafted, whether it be basketball or footy, with their girlfriends, parters, wives,” said Lyon. “Of course they embrace and kiss.
“You are wrong on this.”
“An opinion can’t be wrong” Newman defended.
“It’s a very natural act for them to do,” said Brayshaw.
“You are being homophobic,” said Lyon.
“You are off the pace,” Brayshaw added, “that is a natural thing for them to do” with the audience applauding.
Social media has also lit up as a result of the remarks.
Newman has a string of controversies to his name, some involving racial and mysognistic comments, leading to breaches by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and training.
In 2010 Nine made a pledge to ACMA to pay $200,000 to charity in the event of any future breach by Newman.
Nine declined to comment today, indicating that the matter had been dealt with on the show.