Newman defends McGuire over sexist joke

High-profile AFL commentator Sam Newman has defended Eddie McGuire, saying the controversy over a joke about holding AFL journalist Caroline Wilson under water has gone too far.

“This started out as a shore break, it’s developed into a fully blown tsunami,” Newman said on the Footy Show on Wednesday.

Newman also called Wilson an “embarrassment”, and said if she wanted to be treated equally, she shouldn’t complain “when it’s too equal”.

Newman won some support from Essendon legend Tim Watson, who said there was an “element of truth” to Newman’s comments.

“I think everybody seizes on the opportunity if they don’t like somebody then to pile in on top of them and whack them and kick them to death,” he told SEN Breakfast on Thursday.

“What we are talking about is Eddie McGuire as opposed to what was said and how it was said.

“That’s exactly what’s happened and that’s what Sam was alluding to again last night.”

While Watson believes Newman was annoyed at everyone using the furore to sledge McGuire’s character, he thought Newman was using the conversation for his own advantage.

“It’s also an opportunity for Sam to take a whack at all the people he doesn’t like out there,” he said.

Newman has also revealed plans to make a run for the mayor of Melbourne.

He is hoping to run on an anti-political correctness platform.

He told the Herald Sun political correctness is “dogging the world as we know it”.

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