Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

The Ashes 2013-14: Graeme Swann apologises for ‘crass’ rape comment

The comment, made in a Facebook exchange with his brother and picked up by British newspapers, prompted outrage on social media and from rape charities © Getty Images
The comment, made in a Facebook exchange with his brother and picked up by British newspapers, prompted outrage on social media and from rape charities © Getty Images

 

Sydney: Dec 19, 2013

 

England’s Graeme Swann apologised for a “crass and offensive” comment on Thursday after he compared the third Ashes Test loss to Australia to being “raped”.

 

The comment, made in a Facebook exchange with his brother and picked up by British newspapers, prompted outrage on social media and from rape charities.

 

“Sorry to anyone who was offended by my comments in the papers today. Crass and thoughtless of me in the extreme,” the spin bowler said on his Twitter account.

 

He had posted the Facebook comment in response to his brother, Alec, who said he had enjoyed a night out seeing a band in Northampton.

 

“Rather have been there than being arse raped in Perth!” Swann replied, referring to England’s humiliating defeat that handed Australia an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the Ashes series.

 

His message sparked condemnation from Yvonne Traynor, the chief executive of Rape Crisis in Britain.

 

“We are appalled that Graeme Swann equates a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape,” she told British media.

 

“It is the duty of people in the public eye to make sure that their own distorted views are kept to themselves and not shared with the general public.”

 

“These comments lack compassion and intelligence and he should apologise to anyone who has suffered from this heinous crime.”

 

Swann has been under pressure in the Ashes series, taking only seven wickets at 80.00 in three heavy defeats to Australia. He had a particularly bad Test in Perth, where he was hit for 22 in one over by Shane Watson.

 

His comments came a day after Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris came under fire for sending a profanity-laden tweet when he was denied entry to a Perth casino during the team’s celebrations.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wkts

Photos

RR vs KXIP, IPL 2014 Match 7 at Sharjah

Videos

Rajasthan Royals' unusual strategy in IPL 2014

Glenn Maxwell, David Miller’s blazing innings help Kings XI Punjab cruise past Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in IPL 7

Praveen Kumar believes making comeback for India is not difficult

Saqlain Mushtaq: Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine are skilful cricketers

Miran Bakhsh: The second-oldest Test debutant

Indian cricketers and copycat marketing

Chennai Super Kings David Miller Delhi Daredevils England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore RR vs KXIP 2014 Virat Kohli

IPL 2014: Glenn Maxwell disappointed to leave run-chase unfinished

PCB didn’t pursue Rashid Latif owing to ECB pressure

Glenn Maxwell, David Miller’s blazing innings help Kings XI Punjab cruise past Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in IPL 7

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2014: David Miller’s blitz puts Punjab in sight of victory

Cricket betting racket busted in Jaipur, 6 men arrested

Batsmen who have smashed last ball for six to win a game in the annals of One-Day Internationals

IPL 2014: Glenn Maxwell, David Miller form the core of Kings XI Punjab’s batting line-up

Praveen Kumar believes making comeback for India is not difficult

Saqlain Mushtaq: Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine are skilful cricketers

Miran Bakhsh: The second-oldest Test debutant

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

2 Posts | 0 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils IPL 2014 Match no 6 Video Highlights

Nike refutes FuelBand shutdown reports, says new color options incoming

5 reasons you’re not seeing results in the gym

HTC Desire 210 sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone in the works

KXIP vs RR, IPL 2014: Maxwell and Miller seal another victory for Kings XI Punjab

IPL 2014: Deepak Hooda, Ankit Sharma celebrate birthday with team-mates

Gibraltar fire stops global online betting

Soundarya Rajinikanth: I fulfilled my animation dream with Kochadaiiyaan

I am unable to penetrate my wife (Sex Query of the day)

Also on cricketcountry.com