Brian Taylor told a Seven panel, “I don’t know whether you guys down there can hear me or not. I am up here getting ready for the game and I’ve just seen that crap from Harry — he’s a big poofter.”
His comments come at a time when the AFL has been promoting an anti-homophobia in sport campaign.
The remark has landed him as front page news and it lit up social media calling for Seven to sack Taylor.
— Mikey Nicholson (@Mikey_Nicholson) July 12, 2014
— Kyran Wheatley (@kyranwheatley) July 12, 2014
— Jill Stark (@jillastark) July 12, 2014
— Princes Park Runner (@runprinnypark) July 12, 2014
Brian Taylor can apologise all he likes the excuse of his generation gap ‘when he grew up’ crap.. homophobic remarks shouldn’t be tolerated
— Mitch Clifton (@mitchellclifton) July 12, 2014
How sad that while people are praising Ian Thorpe for coming out, Brian Taylor calls Harry Taylor a poofter. No wonder coming out is hard.
— Cheryl Critchley (@CherylCritchley) July 12, 2014
Congratulations to Brian Taylor for coming out as an idiot. #onyathorpie
— brock murley (@thebrockmurley) July 12, 2014
— Jarvis Ryan (@jarvis001) July 12, 2014
Oi @SNF7 & Brian Taylor gay ppl play AFL, go to games, are members & watch your coverage. Don’t need to hear homophobic bullsh*t. Sort it.
— Dale Roberts (@ozdale) July 12, 2014
Further to Brian Taylor’s abhorrent remark, let’s not ignore the laughter of other panellists when the comment was made. Also revolting.
— Dan Bennett (@DanMBennett) July 12, 2014
The Herald Sun reports Taylor has previously landed in hot water for describing 3AW colleague Seb Costello’s dress sense: “I don’t want to offend his upbringing or his parents … but he looks gay. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just a look as sophisticated is a look, as daggy is a look. You look gay.”
After the online furore, later in the broadcast Taylor apologised.
“I said something that I regret and I sincerely apolpogise in regard to Harry Taylor and anyone … [who was] offended by my remark … and I sincerely regret any harm I have caused. So sorry for that,” he said.
Update: Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin has issued a statement:
Last night during the live preamble before the broadcast of the game between Sydney and Carlton from the Sydney Cricket Ground, Brian Taylor, made a comment he sincerely regrets and unreservedly apologises for.
At his first opportunity last night at the half time break, Brian apologised for his remarks, in particular to Harry Taylor and his family and friends.
Comments such as those made last night are unacceptable and should not and will not be tolerated.
Brian has been censured, and will be supported through counselling and education to ensure this mistake will never happen again.