Andy Gray has just received the harshest red card in football.
His sacking from Sky Sport (England) this week, after recordings of some non-broadcast remarks he'd made were leaked to the tabloids, reflects far worse on the man's former employers than anything about Gray and what he may or may not have actually said.
Initial reports suggested that Gray, and fellow match-caller Richard Keys, were being suspended following particular criticism of lineswoman Sian Massey's performance during last weekend's English Premier League clash between Wolves and Liverpool - comments deemed by a bunch of faceless/nameless moralisers as being "sexist".
Gray and Keys were both firmly of the view she'd cocked up an "offside" call and derided her understanding of that law.
The key point here is that not one word of this so-called "offensive" conversation ever went to air.
The only reason any of us know about it is because some turdy-bum-rat colleague of theirs chose to utterly invade their privacy by making secret tapes/transcripts behind their backs, stealing that intellectual property and then gifting it to the gutter press. (Or, much more likely, on-selling this garbage at a tidy cash price, ta very much!).
A couple of blazing front page headlines later, embellished with the oh-so-predictable blather of "I'm outraged" opinions from the usual willing-and-able-agenda brigade, and 20 years of impeccable quality employment service gets tossed down the toilet.
Give yourselves a slap Sky Sport England. What kind of spineless people run your company?
At best this is a complete nonsense. At worst, it's something that could've (and should've) easily been handled with a quiet word "behind closed doors".
I've yet to read anything from Ms Massey saying her life is now irreparably damaged as a result of what Gray/Keys said about her and/or her sideline efforts.
Even less relevant is the fact they chatted about whether the woman's good-looking or not - wake up world, this is how men and women conversate. It's normal, it's natural, it means nothing more than any cheap throwaway line ever does.
I've tried to read as much as is available about this story (and duly apologise if I've somehow missed the "smoking gun") but, in my mind anyway, neither man committed any crime nor even said anything most of us would deem revolting or sleazy or even highly inappropriate.
No I'm not endorsing their words, just simply trying to put some perspective on the situation in terms of relative importance to other things going on in that part of the world which might actually deserve such a similarly sized and overly-moralised reaction but never ever seem to attract the same.
This is the smallest of small potatoes people.
Even if Gray and Keys' remarks were a little "offside", do both men really need to be shown the ultimate red card?
And finally, a quick word on the Aussie Open tennis after Federer's exit last night:
Roger's starting to play like Tiger...
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