AFL commentator Brian Taylor will resume commentary duties on Channel 7 and radio station 3AW this weekend after calling Geelong player Harry Taylor “a big poofter” live on air during a Saturday night pre-game coverage.
Taylor was set to call the Sunday’s Essendon-Collingwood game on 3AW, but was asked by management to stay home and “gather (his) thoughts”.
Channel 7 has committed to counselling and education for Taylor, and 3AW has said they will investigate whether further action will need to be taken.
The commentator apologised to Geelong’s Taylor at half-time, as well as his friends and family. Harry Taylor has accepted the apology, but it has been criticised by many as “missing the point” by failing to acknowledge the potentially broad homophobic harm caused by the slur.
Taylor previously came under fire in June for remarks made on 3AW, when he called the dress style of colleague Seb Costello “gay”.
Host of Channel 7’s AFL Game Day Hamish McLachlan also apologised for the comments.
In a written statement, Seven Melbourne condemned Taylor’s remarks as “unacceptable”: “Brian has been censured, and will be supported through counselling and education to ensure this mistake will never happen again.”
The AFL has said it is satisfied by Channel 7’s response. The league contacted the station soon after the incident, calling for an apology and for the remarks to be withdrawn, and was told a response was already under way.
(Main image: Screen grab from Channel 7)