Sam Newman backs old mate Eddie and attacks Caroline Wilson

When Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire made a “joke” about drowning sports reporter Caroline Wilson with his colleagues, he created
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When Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire made a “joke” about drowning sports reporter Caroline Wilson with his colleagues, he created a huge furore, but he apologised for it and everyone was ready to move on. However, Sam Newman didn’t think it was time to let go just yet.

The Footy Show star dedicated 10 minutes to what he termed to be a“fair and balanced” discussion about the now infamous joke, claiming it had “turned into a vendetta against personalities” and had “got completely away from where it started”. The irony of his statement of being fair and balances was seen as he proceeded to attack Caroline Wilson.

He called people who were genuinely angry about McGuire’s comments “excrement” and addressed the female reporter while saying, “The jig’s up Caro, honestly and truly. You’re becoming an embarrassment. And even if you were underwater, you’d still be talking.” Taking a dig at gender equality, he said that if Wilson wanted to be treated equally, she shouldn’t complain “when it’s too equal”.

Newman’s co-host Rebecca Maddern tried to hose down the situation, saying she “would have been pretty upset” if the she’d been the subject of the joke. “These men made a mistake, they acknowledged they made a mistake and they apologised. We now need to move forward in a positive way.”

Has Sam Newman taken it too far with his comments?

  1. Kez  

    Well he would, wouldn’t he. A couple of mysoginistic boofheads.

  2. J Taylor  

    Another relic from the 19th century. Get these morons off the tv,, they just infect our younger generation. The lot of you need to be re-educated.

    • Ellen Bucello  

      These two men cover each other’s back sides all the time. So what is knew. Now Eddie is loosing sponsorship he is running scared. Get him off TV he has seen his days.

  3. Joan  

    I’ve spent a long life having to listen to men (and sometimes women) telling sexist jokes, and men (and sometimes women) laughing. I felt diminished by every one of these ‘jokes’. Thankfully, I’ve lived long enough to see the ‘jokester’ called out. In the public arena this language is not acceptable to either women or men.

  4. How many years is it going to take before this tv channel recognizes he is a has – been, chauvanist pig, as are the other males on this show! Why any self respecting female would even agree to be on the show with these dinosaurs is beyond me!

    • So agree with you Ted, I never watch that stupid show just because of Sam Newman…and if women think he is funny they have no respect for themselves.

  5. Football messiahs like Sam Newman are passe and need to be removed from TV. Their “jokes” and overall attitude remains in the past when “men were men” and “boys will be boys” from everything like “giving the little woman a touch up to keep her in line” to the “she asked for it” when a woman is raped. Their whole attitude stinks of patronising sexist rubbish and they need to be taken off the air, so that young men are not influenced.

    Certainly, Eddie Maguire apologised and has not commented since – BUT why on earth did he say what he did in the first place?

    Time and again, these “sportsmen” open their big fat mouths or get drunk, drugged and obnoxious which has ended in some idiot performing obscene acts. They then stand behind a microphone, dressed in a suit and tie – as though they are responsible citizens – and do the “I have shamed my family and friends” act. Well, they could have thought of that before they made absolute fools of themselves.

    It seems that NO crime or spurious act is bad enough for the managers and owners of these football clubs to stop the cretin from playing football. The Money God is too precious for the “sportsman” to be banned from playing for good.

    That’s my rant for the day!

    • Kerry  

      Wasn’t it Eddie McGuire who made a racist remark about Adam Goodes, for which he also had to apologise? Can we just assume that Eddie McGuire is a bigot?

  6. Debra Atkinson  

    Sam Newman has had his day. When are they (TV stations) going to realise they need to get rid of all these old farts and put some of the younger ex-footballers on to run this show. They are all passed their use by date well and truly. I don’t even watch the show now, because they hardly talk footy and that is what the show is supposed to be all about. Do a whole clean sweep next year with some of the just retired footballers who are up with how men behave in this century. Can Sam Newman really say he is an expert on treating women right? He talks a whole lot of crap on the TV and I have seen the faces on some of the young footballers who are guests, they are embarrassed. These young footballers are just starting out and don’t need the negative crap this TV show gives out. It is not professional by any means and has no credence at all. More like a comedy show.The Kangaroos President and Collingwood President and Carey should have all been fined $50,000. The money donated to a womens refuge.

    • Brian Abbott  

      Well said. I, too, refuse to watch a footy show that has virtually nothing to do with the real game.

  7. Debra Atkinson  

    Sam Newman has had his day. When are they (TV stations) going to realise they need to get rid of all these old farts and put some of the younger ex-footballers on to run this show. They are all passed their use by date well and truly. I don’t even watch the show now, because they hardly talk footy and that is what the show is supposed to be all about. Do a whole clean sweep next year with some of the just retired footballers who are up with how men behave in this century. Can Sam Newman really say he is an expert on treating women right? He talks a whole lot of crap on the TV and I have seen the faces on some of the young footballers who are guests, they are embarrassed. These young footballers are just starting out and don’t need the negative crap this TV show gives out. It is not professional by any means and has no credence at all. More like a comedy show.The Kangaroos President and Collingwood President and Carey should have all been fined $50,000. The money donated to a womens refuge.

  8. Heather  

    Sam Newman has gone too far he is a joke

  9. Hels  

    I thought the old mysoginist was dead! Haven’t heard from for such a long time and should have known that he’d pop up from the grave for something anti feminist! As the song goes “when will they ever learn

  10. Angie  

    Both are bullies! I can’t see why Sam Newman is still on telly. He is far far worse than the Top Gear’s Jeremy was, and has no place on the TV. It is funny how bullies blame the victim for the furore they themselves cause.
    I remember how hot under the collar Eddie got when a dentist insinuated that he was getting a bit old for tooth whitening on his Hot Seat show. Sensitive little Eddie was furious!
    Funny how sensitive bullies are!

  11. Disey  

    Mysoginistic bastard – never liked him, he has no respect for women in general from what I’ve heard – get off the TV you old fart.

  12. Penni Duncan Soady  

    Apart from all the BS coming out of his mouth I did not like his body language. That domineering way of leaning forward and pointing (and shaking) his finger at someone is considered a threat and not acceptable for a TV presenter. The station should take a stand against male aggression like this on their TV channel.

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