Dawn Fraser, Fast Off The Blocks, Says Sorry But Denies Racism in Kyrgios Row

Dawn Fraser cheering 'em on in Canberra at the Aussie swim grand prix this year, courtesy of Swimming Australia

Not for the first time in her life, Dawn Fraser finds herself at the heart of controversy; this time she is labelled a ‘blatant racist’ by tennis player Nick Kyrgios after she reacted to his Wimbledon antics by saying of his ‘anti-Australian behaviour’ … ‘If they don’t like it, go back to where their parents came from’

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Not for the first time in her life, Dawn Fraser finds herself at the heart of controversy; this time she is labelled a ‘blatant racist’ by tennis player Nick Kyrgios after she reacted to his Wimbledon antics by saying of his ‘anti-Australian behaviour’ … ‘If they don’t like it, go back to where their parents came from’

Comments

Viva la Bang

If these young smart ass young over paid ego driven tennis players cannot show any respect, then Dawn is correct.

Craig Lord

Viva, it may well be that she made a good point on his behaviour (many would agree with the main thrust of what she was saying) but a good point is lost when you tell someone born in Canberra to ‘go home’ … the behaviour stuff applies to all and she said similar things about the 4x100m boys post-London 2012 … to lean on heritage as some kind of ‘root of the trouble’ is always going to land you in trouble because of the obvious implications that flow, which is why she’s said sorry.

robbos

Thanks Craig, well said. You don’t clean rubbish out with more rubbish. Dawn Fraser was totally out of order with that comment & I’m glad she apologised. Let’s not forget Dawn was not a perfect youth herself.

aswimfan

Dawn Fraser *facepalm

At kyrgios’ age, she was very shenanigan, stealing flag from Japanese imperial palace

commonwombat

She was considerably older than Krygios (26 nearing 27) in Tokyo, her 3rd Olympics. She was most certainly on the receiving end from some petty officialdom but it has to be said that she was also very capable of being a monumental pain in the rear …… and a very poor team-mate as was evidenced in Rome 1960 where she put all of her team-mates offside (read Wallachinsky for the story)

There are those who have called her a “national treasure”. A definitive all-time great of the sport without a doubt but like so many former sportspeople she has become a media “go-to” whenever they want a crusty “rent-a-quote”.

She also does quite nicely for herself on the “gravy-train” cashing in on her “profile” with sponsors invites to major events.

As for the race issue; well she was a supporter of Pauline Hanson & ‘One Nation’. For those Americans amongst us; Pauline was our 90’s version of Sarah Palin …. and just as painful on the ear.

Krygios IS an awful pain in the rear end but he’s no orphan in that regard. Rather he’s just the latest in quite a production line of “ugly Aussies” in world tennis of the past 30 years. From Pat Cash to Lleyton Hewitt to Jelena Dokic to Bernard Tomic now Krygios. Not all immigrant names; offensive manner knows no ethnic boundaries.

Best solution ….. if you’re going to watch them compete ? Support whomever they’re playing/competing against.

swimsteve

Not the first time “our’ Dawn has put flipper in mouth in relation to expressing attitudes on young athlete behaviour in Australia. Methinks the local media seeks her out for just such a poorly worded comment to keep the ball in media court on our two young tennis turks (dare I say!). Bear in mind too she is just a couple of years short of becoming an octogenarian…

Yozhik

Come on guys, she is an innocent old lady. Just demanding of sending someone back out of country for not satisfying her patriotic feelings is very human. The Soviet Olympic soccer team was sent to labor camp for not trying enough in Helsinki (1952). Andrés Escobar got killed for own goal made in World Cup game against USA. Be reasonable 🙂

Craig Lord

Having met Dawn several times, I’m not sure that she’d agree with you when you describe her as ‘innocent’, Yozhik … she wouldn’t have it that she’s guilty either 🙂

Yozhik

Craig, for me they both are two of a kind. I am not an Australian and it is up to them to make a judgment if her behavior is illegal or immoral or unethical or just nothing to talk about. Pride and Grid are the major moving forces for the business we call the professional sport. Yeah, almost two thirds of Deadly Sins. So what do you expect of such type of human activity? It appeals to the basic human emotions that could be very ugly if not controlled by conscience and education. The sport by itself and whatever surrounds it has been becoming much dirtier with time. People like Dawn are part of the game now and as Roy said in some other discussion he welcomes a dirty talks by swimmers because it adds some excitement. For sure he is not alone with that. So to what extent Dawn is guilty is hard to say.

Yozhik

Correction. Greed, not Grid.

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