Dawn Fraser need not have said sorry to Kyrgios
OLYMPIC great Dawn Fraser shouldn't have bothered apologising for her so-called racist comment on Nick Krygios and Bernard Tomic's Wimbledon appearances.
Quite frankly, they didn't deserve it.
But more importantly, if anyone bothered to listen to what Dawn Fraser was actually saying, it was not racist.
Being an Australian is a privilege - and certainly representing your country nationally in sport is an honour.
That honour comes with responsibility.
Kyrgios and Tomic should both know they are role models for young kids.
If they want to behave like buffoons, they should not be playing under our national flag.
As Fraser said in her full statement in response to the media firestorm:
"Australians have a rich sporting heritage made up of individuals from a variety of different countries of origin."
That is not in question.
Nor is the fact that many people come from overseas to carve out lives in Australia that we can all be proud of.
Like everyone, we want to Nick Kyrgios to do well not only for our country but for himself.
His antics on the court this week let himself and Australia down.
His response to Fraser was equally juvenile.
"Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion, arrogant. Blatant racist, Australian legend," he wrote.
In her original outburst, Fraser said: "They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this country, a great country of ours.
"If they don't like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from. We don't need them here in this country if they act like that."
Sure Fraser has said some pretty ordinary things in the past. But in this case, was she so wrong?
What do you think? Was Dawn Fraser right?
Or did you think it was a racist thing to say?
Should she have apologised?
What you're saying on Facebook:
Geoff Campbell: "EVERY sportsperson should be a better example. If they're such role models like people say, (not me though) then there should be bigger consequences when they stuff up. All these footy ball players who win games then go trash hotel rooms and get into fights are NOT role models. They are overpaid thugs who get off on violence. I'm glad my son thinks they're douchebags, not someone to imitate."
Owen Bergquist: "I suppose she is such a perfect role model. Not. Australia does not need racist people. Even if she said sorry it's unlikely it was meant rather more to save pr. it should never be said but off the cuff comments shows her real thoughts."
Jimmy Jazz: "She was implying their bad behaviour was because of their ethnic background. Of course thats racist."
Ashley Collard: "Even if his family were originally from Australia I think a lot of people would be telling him to get citizenship elsewhere because we don't want that whole mess to be associated with Australia. How embarrassing."
Cam O Henry: "Far too much focus on sport in media. It's all corporate crap now, those people are playing games, not saving the planet. They are famous because they are at the top of tbeir game. Just like overpaid CEOs. It's popular because it's forever on TV and people are sheep."
Alex Johnson: "So-called racist? Her comments were blatantly racist, offensive and totally unacceptable, but sadly common place amongst people of her generation."
Lisa McGaw: "Everyone, including Dawn needs to set a better example for the future generation. Our children could be the next police officer, parlimentarian or Doctor. The future of Australia depends on our community spirit and the role modelling we do for the younger generations to look up to."
Heather Daniels: "No she shouldn't have... he is an idiot."
Hanim Duarte: "Well where do you go back to if your parents are Australian too lol. Who cares what this irrelevant old lady thinks anyway."
Gillian Elliott: "Of course she should have. I don't care how badly behaved someone is - bringing race into it was uncalled for. And don't be disingenuous - there's not much more racist than telling someone to 'go back where they came from'."
Shelley Roche: "I think she is a hypocrite with a very bad memory of her own youth."
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