Former Queensland league great Billy Moore is under fire after using a racial slur on live television.
The ex-origin star was a featured guest on Fox Television’s NRL 360 on Thursday night, which is broadcast to audiences right throughout Australia and New Zealand. Moore was asked about the New Zealand Warriors’ chances of making the finals without injured halfback Shaun Johnson.
“They play that coconut style, Polynesian sort of football….throwing it around,” Moore said.
Moore’s slur follows on the heels of the controversy surrounding AFL star Adam Goodes, after he walked out on his Sydney Swans club. Goodes complained that the constant “boos” and pressure he was receiving when playing in the league were racially driven.
Almost immediately, social media reacted with outrage across both sides of the Tasman – with many calling for Moore, who is a regular on various NRL shows, to be taken off air. Some were also questioning whether such comments have a place in today’s society.
Billy Moore’s from that school where he genuinely doesn’t believe he was being racist. But it was, you drongo.
— ‘Net Prophet (@USOuljah) July 31, 2015
— Brendan Bradford (@1bbradfo) July 30, 2015
The above incident follows another recent complaint of racial abuse that is being investigated by the Canterbury Rugby Union. Fijian-born rugby player Sake Aca asked to be removed from a club rugby final in Christchurch after being brought to tears because of racial taunting.
Aca said he was called “a black c***, an idiot” and had the f-word used towards him within the same context.
Moore came to prominence in Australia after playing from 1989 to 1999 for the North Sydney Bears, and for carving into Origin folklore the use of the passionate “Queenslander” cry. He is a regular panellist on NRL based television shows.
Moore and Fox Television Australia are yet to make a statement.