NZ rugby star apologises for racist slur

December 8, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall has apologised to the Jewish Council over a comment he made on live television in which he labelled an All Black a “Jew”.

Bryn Hall Photo: Facebook

Hall made the slur against his teammate Jack Goodhue on TV. In media reports  Hall said: “[He] doesn’t want to pay for his wedding, so he’s actually looking for Women’s Day or Women’s Weekly to try and get behind and pay for his wedding, so red card for being a Jew, Jack, so there you go mate.”

Juliet Moses

A complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority claimed that the remark was discriminatory was not upheld as it did not meet the standard of “nastiness”. Although not the source of the complaint the New Zealand Jewish Council expressed their disappointment on it not being upheld.  They only knew about the complaint when the BSA released its decision.

The New Zealand Jewish Council’s Juliet Moses told J-Wire: “Mr Hall made contact with me by email on Thursday and offered an apology that I believe to be considered and sincere, and have accepted. We are planning to have a telephone conversation and I hope we can all move on constructively from this.”

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