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Tyson Fury saga: BBC reporter threatened with suspension

Tyson Fury saga: BBC reporter threatened with suspension

Andy West, above, a gay reporter on BBC Northern Ireland’s Newsline, is in hot water for criticising the broadcaster’s decision to keep Christian loon Tyson Fury on the nominee list for this year’s Sport Personality of the Year’ award.

According to this report, West wrote in a now-deleted update on Facebook that the ongoing row made him “ashamed to work for the BBC”, and accused his employer of:

Hurting me and other gay people by celebrating someone who considers me no better than a paedophile.

He has been “threatened with suspension” and is facing disciplinary action. A BBC source revealed that West has been:

Reprimanded by a manager, told an investigation would be launched into his conduct and warned he could be suspended.

Over a 130,000 people have already signed a Change.org petition calling for Fury’s removal from the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year shortlist over his sexist and homophobic remarks.

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The boxer, above, has since called those who’ve signed the petition “wankers”, and told them they can “suck [his] balls”, while the BBC has repeatedly defended its decision to nominate the recently-crowned heavyweight champion of the world.

In his Facebook post criticising the BBC’s stance, West wrote:

It is tempting to see him for the laughable idiot he is but sadly there are many other idiots who will be inspired and encouraged by his naive, juvenile bigotry. I am ashamed to work for the BBC when it lacks the bravery to admit it is making a mistake.

In a further comment underneath the status, the former BBC Radio 2 producer added:

I criticise the BBC for offering him as an idol to be celebrated and admired not just for his sporting achievements but also his ‘personality’.

West had reportedly also written to BBC Director General Tony Hall to complain directly about the boxer’s nomination.

The news comes a day after BBC issued a public apology after another of its staff members – BBC News anchor Clive Myrie – referred to Fury as a “dickhead” during a live broadcast.

Meanwhile, it’s reported here that Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into whether the boxer’s comments on BBC2 earlier this week constitute a “hate crime” after a viewer complained to the police.

The 27-year-old Fury – who has had his world IBF title stripped after arranging an unsolicited rematch with the boxer he won it from – reiterated his previous comments that homosexuality will bring about the end of days during an appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on December 8.

A police spokesperson said:

At 10:30am on Tuesday we received a report of a hate crime following comments made about homosexuality on the Victoria Derbyshire programme. As with all allegations of hate crime we are taking the matter extremely seriously and will be attending the victim’s address to take a statement in due course.

27 responses to “Tyson Fury saga: BBC reporter threatened with suspension”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    The BBC has a very creepy attitude problem. Instead of standing behind its reporters for telling the truth, it disciplines them and then apologizes for them. It makes you wonder who is pulling the strings of the BBC in the background.

  2. ZombieHunter says:

    “The boxer, above, has since called those who’ve signed the petition “wankers”, and told them they can “suck [his] balls”, ”

    does that include the guys?? is there something Tyson fury is in denial about??

  3. Actionman says:

    Sports Personality of the Year.
    Now is this programme about:-
    a) Ultimate Sporting prowess? e.g. A World Champion
    b) Sporty people with nice personalities? e.g. An Also Ran with an Engaging Disposition.
    c) Ultimate Sporting prowess combined with an Engaging Disposition.

    Tyson Fury qualifies in case a)
    But it is also incumbent on the BBC to reject individuals of suspect moral integrity and unpredictably violent prejudicial outbursts. Therefore this spectacularly brutish and uncouth hulk whose only tallent is to beat the living daylights out of a fellow human is automatically disqualified from consideration. Had he criticised religion or ethnicity then he would be an untouchable before he had shut his big mouth.

    Pity he won the match … his opponent seems to have been a much more balanced and achieving character.

    I note that Olympic Champion and SPOTY turned politician side stepped the argument on BBC R4 Today by pleading ignorance about the Furious outbursts. Well done Seb. Keep your head down.

  4. barriejohn says:

    is there something Tyson fury is in denial about??

    Of course; his outrageous opposition to homosexuality speaks volumes. What is it that he is really afraid of?

  5. Marcus says:

    The picture of Fury suggests that some have already taken up his invitation.

    @ BarrieJohn: Remember Emile Griffith?
    http://www.outsports.com/2008/5/30/4045762/boxer-emile-griffith-comes-out-as-gay

  6. barriejohn says:

    Marcus: I was reading about Emile Griffith earlier in the year when his biography came out. There is now to be a film of his life:

    https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/irish-filmmaker-turning-one-most-acclaimed-sports-books-185813232–spt.html

    All this went right over my head when I was younger, as I have never been a sports fan, but it’s a fascinating story.

  7. Joshua says:

    He’s got a point. Sodomites seem to be in favor as a people, when in fact, it’s a behavior that Brits seen to embrace. Not surprised. After all is said and done, what could a guy who has sex other guys do but attack one who see’s the behavior as sinful? I may not like the way the fighter expresses himself, but the BBC is a state controlled entity and it expects it’s peasants to stay in line. Very much like Dawkins expects Christians to shut up..Won’t happen.

  8. Broga says:

    I can’t see Tyson Fury getting close to the achievements of Emile Griffith who was a tough, ferocious boxer. So much for any doubts about the “masculinity” of gay men. Griffith made the telling but sad comment that he killed a man in the ring and he was forgiven. He was not forgiven for loving another man.

  9. Broga says:

    @Joshua: After Richard Dawkins’ devastating dismantling of the myths of Christianity in “The God Delusion” I can see why Christians are desperate for him to shut up. Too late. The cat is out of the bag.

    The rag bag of myths, contradictions and cruelties – embarrassingly described as the word of God – isn’t even convincing to sensible Christians. Christians can’t even discover in it what God wants them to do. Read with an open mind it is the best case for atheism you are likely to find.

  10. L.Long says:

    There is only one thing to consider…
    How is he judged ‘sportsman of the year’, (1)by his overall human behavior or (2)how well he does his sport?? Or both?
    If judged by sports activity only then he has every right to be on the list.
    But if his overall behavior is a part of this then he is a dick! and take him off the list.

  11. barriejohn says:

    L.Long: I’m confused as well. It’s called “Sports Personality of the Year”, so is that what they mean?

  12. barriejohn says:

    Broga: Well said.

    Dawkins expects Christians to shut up..Won’t happen.

    That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. What Prof Dawkins would like to see is Christians coming out with something that makes sense. Also not going to happen!

  13. AgentCormac says:

    In case you missed it, here’s a link to an ‘interview’ with Tyson Fury that I posted as an OT comment on the last thread – however it’s far more relevant here. As I previously stated, you’ll see it is a stark reminder that boxing can cause truly monumental brain damage. (Apologies to those who have already seen it.)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35055146

  14. AgentCormac says:

    @Joshua
    I’m assuming you’d been drinking when you wrote that post as most of it doesn’t make a blind bit of sense.

    For example, ‘Sodomites seem to be in favor as a people, when in fact, it’s a behavior that Brits seen to embrace.’ Really? WTF does that mean? If it’s in favour then surely someone is embracing it. The two things aren’t contradicatory.

    And then there’s, ‘After all is said and done, what could a guy who has sex other guys do but attack one who see’s the behavior as sinful?’ Forget the fact that you don’t actually have a grasp of basic English grammar, punctuation or sentence construction (which may be because English isn’t your first language, although I doubt this very much), it just doesn’t make any bloody sense. None.

    For clues on how to leave simple comments that make a clear, cutting and valid point, try re-reading barriejohn’s retort to your inept nonsense: ‘What Prof Dawkins would like to see is Christians coming out with something that makes sense. Also not going to happen!’

    Joshua 0 – 1 barriejohn

  15. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac:: We may assume, on the evidence of Joshua’s level of literacy, that the scope of his reading is narrow and his ability to think limited. Exactly what is needed for the priests to manipulate their flocks. Joshua is a victim of his own inadequacies. He also displays a common trait of devout Christians: an assumption, entirely baseless, of their own superiority.

  16. Club Secretary says:

    @AgentCormac says:
    Thu 10 Dec at 9:25 pm
    “@Joshua —-
    Forget the fact that you don’t actually have a grasp of basic English grammar, punctuation or sentence construction (which may be because English isn’t your first language, although I doubt this very much), it just doesn’t make any bloody sense”

    @Broga says:
    Thu 10 Dec at 10:09 pm
    “@AgentCormac:: We may assume, on the evidence of Joshua’s level of literacy, that the scope of his reading is narrow and his ability to think limited.”

    Stop beating around the bush you pair, HE IS AN AMERICAN! ;<)

  17. Laura Roberts says:

    @Actionman: very well put indeed!

    @Club Secretary: As an American myself, it’s a constant source of frustration that I have inarticulate compatriots like @Joshua (and worse, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, the list goes on). Just as I’m sure it’s a constant source of frustration to Britons that you’ve got compatriots like Tyson Fury.

  18. Gerald says:

    Quick … Someone call the Natural History museum. Neanderthals are not extinct after all.

  19. andym says:

    The big point to me is how employers increasingly can stop employees stating private opinions they don’t like. It’s both creeping and creepy.

  20. Broga says:

    @Club Secretary: That Joshua is an American had not occurred to me. We have, of course, also problems with education in the UK including the indoctrination of children in faith schools. However, an American relative of mine tells me of his concern that the school his children attend insists on presenting evolution as an “unproven theory.”

    Religion is given lots of class time and taught as fact. He worries about the “corrosion” (his word) of science in the USA curriculum while countries in China and the East forge ahead. Joshua seems to provide evidence for his concerns.

  21. Bob says:

    If he is a Christian why is he swearing? Moreover, I’m not sure that boxing is compatible with the teachings of Christ about being peaceable.

    Something doesn’t quite add up here.

  22. Club Secretary says:

    @Laura Roberts says:
    Fri 11 Dec at 7:20 am
    “As an American myself”

    I meant no disrespect, I know there are many intelligent articulate Americans it’s just that you seem to keep your heads down and let your dumb compatriots run the country.

    There is an old saying that “the squire kept the people poor and the parson keep them ignorant”

    In the USA today the squire has been replaced with Republican businessmen and you certainly have no shortage of parsons.

  23. AgentCormac says:

    @Bob
    The only things that don’t add up are you and your ludicrous belief in the supernatural.

  24. barriejohn says:

    Yes, you’ve got to laugh, haven’t you, when one Christian complains that the insane ramblings of a fellow Christian “don’t add up”!

  25. Laura Roberts says:

    @Club Secretary: No worries! A friend of mine was Phi Beta Kappa (top ~2%) in college. She had no patience for lazy thinking, but it caused her no end of frustration. One day she lamented to a friend, “some days it’s not easy being in the top 2%”, whereupon her friend responded, “Are you kidding? In this country it’s hard NOT to be!”

  26. dennis says:

    I step into this use of the English language having been educated in “hick” schools with trepidation. barriejohn has admonished me in the past, thus I have felt the limits of my education and unable to clarify clearly for him. I have no illusions in my Atheism just an inability to express my self clearly. I love the comments here so Joshua keep reading and commenting.