Townsville Bulletin - - TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN -

OLYMPIAN Dawn Fraser has is­sued a public apol­ogy for her na­tion­ally tele­vised tirade against out­spo­ken Aus­tralian ten­nis stars Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyr­gios as her com­ments were at­tacked by the na­tional Race Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sioner.

The iconic Aus­tralian swimming star was yesterday branded a racist af­ter she told Chan­nel 9’ s To­day the two should “go back where their par­ents came from” in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to their on­go­ing feud with Ten­nis Aus­tralia.

“They should be set­ting a bet­ter ex­am­ple for the younger gen­er­a­tion of this coun­try, a great coun­try of ours,” she said.

“If they don’t like it, go back to where their fathers or their par­ents came from. We don’t need them here in this coun­try if they act like that.”

The com­ments at­tracted wide­spread crit­i­cism on so­cial media web­sites yesterday and from Race Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sioner Tim Sout­phom­masane.

“I was sad­dened and dis­ap­pointed to hear Dawn Fraser’s com­ments,’’ Dr Sout­phom­masane said.

“She’s such a well­liked and well- re­spected na­tional fig­ure and re­ally set­ting a bad ex­am­ple through her com­ments.”

Kyr­gios yesterday took to Twit­ter to call Fraser a “bla­tant racist, Aus­tralian leg­end’’ while his mother called it a “nasty racist at­tack’’.

In a state­ment is­sued by her man­age­ment late yesterday, Fraser said she wanted to “un­re­servedly apol­o­gise’’ for any of­fence caused.

She said the live- to- air clip was part of a larger in­ter­view.

“My in­tended mes­sage, which was not de­liv­ered as ar­tic­u­lately as it could have been, was on a purely sport­ing level rather than meant as an at­tack on Nick’s eth­nic­ity,” the state­ment said.

If they don’t like it, go back where their par­ents came



RACE ROW: Dawn Fraser at the Aus­tralian Open this year and ( right) Nick Kyr­gios takes a break be­fore be­ing beaten at Wim­ble­don.

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