Former Australia cricketers Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds have landed in major controversy for making derogatory remarks about Marnus Labuschagne on-air. Both Shane Warne and Symonds were preparing to commentate during Friday’s Big Bash League match between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades when they made the comments.
Both the former cricketers were seemingly unaware that the feed was live on Kayo, the streaming arm of Fox Sports as the start of play was delayed due to the third Test match between Australia and India still taking place in Sydney.
The conversation started in an ordinary manner with Shane Warne suggesting that Labuschagne should be brought on to bowl. Following that things toured sour when Symonds referred to “ADD”, presumed to be Attention Deficit Disorder, in relation to Labuschagne, with Shane Warne following up with a swipe at his mannerisms when he bats. Symonds was not done yet and went on to refer to give Labuschagne “the hogpile” – a group of people jumping on each other.
Here is a transcript of the whole conversation between Shane Warne and Symonds:
Warne: “Give Marnus a bowl.”
Symonds: “Do something… that or his ADD.”
Warne: “Jesus, it’s annoying. ‘No!!!’ [imitating Labuschagne batting] Just f***** bat properly.”
Symonds: “You’ll have to give him the hogpile, ‘mate, if you keep that shit up, we’re gonna squash your guts out of your arse.”
Unsurprisingly, the conversation drew criticism from all around after the video went viral and Kayo were quick to apologise, tweeting: “Our stream started early and caught some unacceptable comments. On behalf of @kayosports and the commentary team, we unreservedly apologise.”
Ahh Kayo, thank you for this pic.twitter.com/Jy6PfTpvYK
— Lenny Phillips (@lenphil29) January 8, 2021
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