Hawthorn skipper James Sicily has apologised for his remarks about Tasmania, which is the Hawks’ main sponsor.
James Sicily has apologised for his sledge of Tasmania, insisting many AFL gamers would get pleasure from residing within the Apple Isle.
The Hawthorn captain, whose membership has Tasmania as its main naming rights sponsor, mentioned in a radio interview on Wednesday morning the league’s nineteenth crew might face a battle to lure gamers throughout Bass Strait for greater than a weekend.
“I believe so, significantly as a younger man, as a result of there’s not a lot occurring down there, it might be tough,” Sicily instructed RSN.
“I couldn’t think about myself residing there. It could be onerous.”
Following uproar, Sicily took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to apologise “to anybody I’ve offended or upset about my feedback on Tasmania at present”, saying it was a flippant comment which didn’t mirror his views on Tasmania.
“What I mentioned associated to my private state of affairs, that all through my profession, my attachment to Melbourne would have made it onerous to dwell in Tassie full time,” Sicily wrote.
“That’s to not say there are usually not many AFL footballers who would get pleasure from residing there.”
His unique remark drew the ire of Australian cricketer and proud Taswegian Matthew Wade.
“Tassie individuals have been preventing years for the prospect to get an AFL crew. Feedback like this don’t assist us working in direction of our probability at exhibiting simply how good our little state is and shall be with its personal crew,” Wade mentioned on social media.
Wade supplied to host Sicily in his dwelling state.
“Everytime you need the door is open to return down and I can present you round our boring island when you like!” Wade posted.
Former Blue and Lion Mitch Robinson additionally slammed the feedback.
“I’m positive sponsors love listening to that, contemplating Tassie pumps $13.5 million right into a membership that’s presently on battle road,” he mentioned.
Aussie sprinter Jacob Despard mentioned the feedback had been “completely ridiculous remark contemplating how a lot cash the state pumps into the Hawthorn Soccer Membership.”
Former Aussie cricket captain Tim Paine expressed his emotions by tweeting the face palm emoji in response.
Tasmania pays the Hawks $13.5 million to play 4 home-and-away video games in Launceston for the following three years.
A two-year extension of the profitable sponsorship was introduced in January, persevering with a partnership that was established in 2001.
Initially revealed as AFL 2023: James Sicily apologises after disparaging remarks about Tasmania