AN Aussie Rules broadcaster has apologised after mocking an amputee’s attempts at a pre-match coin toss.
Eddie McGuire issued a grovelling apology to double-amputee Cynthia Banham after she performed the ceremonial role prior to Sydney Swans game against Adelaide Crows.
Double amputee Cynthia Banham was mocked by Aussie Rules broadcaster Eddie McGuire[/caption]
McGuire, 54, joked about introducing $5,000 fines for people who were unable to complete the duties.
Banham, a Swans ambassador and former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, lost both her legs following a plane crash in Indonesia in 2007.
McGuire said: “I think we should introduce a $5,000 fine to anybody who’s tossing the coin and can’t do it properly.
“Every week, we have someone dropping it on their foot. Come on, toss it up properly, for goodness sake. Practice in the week, you know you’re going to do it. It can’t be that hard can it, guys?”
Swans issued a statement in reaction to McGuire’s words, saying: “The comments show not only a lack of empathy, but also ignorance.
“The Sydney Swans are incredibly disappointed by inappropriate comments made tonight by Eddie McGuire.”
The former CEO of Nine Network TV station withdrew from commentating on Essendon’s game against St Kilda on Saturday.
McGuire said he was “deeply sorry and regretful for the comments I made last night about the coin tossing system.”
He added: “I should never have spoken without properly viewing the footage.
“I unreservedly apologise to Cynthia, her family and the Sydney Football Club for the pain and hurt that my comments have caused.”
McGuire apologised for his comments and withdrew from commentating on a game on Saturday[/caption]