McAvaney apologises over “hiccup” comment

Legendary Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney has apologised for his choice of words in referring to Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey who is facing a sexual assault charge.

When commentating the moment De Goey celebrated his return to the Collingwood side with the first goal of the match he said, “This will do his confidence a world of good. We feel like he’s full of confidence. He’s had an OK year so far. And then he’s had a hiccup, we know.”

But at the end of the broadcast he backtracked.

“I mentioned him (De Goey) earlier tonight and I used some words that I wish I hadn’t,” McAvaney said.

“I said that he had a hiccup. I was thinking of it in a football sense and I know that it’s upset a lot of people tonight and I do apologise completely.

“I do apologise. Jordan is facing some serious allegations and it’s more than a hiccup and I realise that. So for anyone that’s taken offence, I understand completely.”

De Goey’ charges are in relation to an incident which is alleged to have occurred in 2015. He will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 30.


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