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Erin Molan threatened for ‘racist’ on air comments

Nine commentator Erin Molan has come under attack from former NRL player John Hopoate who threatened Molan with violence in a now-deleted Instagram post following comments she made on air.

Reacting to Daily Mail reports that Molan’s 2GB slip up was an ‘inside joke’, Hopoate responded on social media saying “when I accidentally trip this RACIST B***H over and she falls and scrapes her RACIST mouth on the ground. But I won’t apologise cause it’s an inside joke”.

The comments came as Molan and her 2GB colleagues were discussing the pronunciation of Pacific Islander names, with Molan saying “hooka looka mooka hooka fooka” during the conversation.

Hopoate responded online with: “It was an inside joke between colleagues so it’s OK. Just like when I accidentally trip this RACIST B***H over and she falls and scrapes her RACIST mouth on the ground. But I won’t apologise cause it’s an inside joke between friends.”

The post has since been deleted.

Hopoate wasn’t the only player to respond to the comments. Manly Sea Eagles prop Martin Taupau also spoke out on Twitter following the segment, as did rugby star Augustino Junior Poluleuligaga.

Now, following Hopoate’s comments, Studio 10’s Kerri-Anne Kennerly has voiced her support for Molan. Kennerly herself is no stranger to controversy, having said Indigenous people should ‘get over’ the white invasion of Australia.

Kennerly told the Daily Telegraph that Hopoate was a ‘boofhead’ and that violence against women should be called out.

“I know her and I really like her. For any boofhead to come out and suggest violence against any woman … that behaviour has to be called out,” Kennerley told the Daily Telegraph.

“It drives me mad in this climate that the people who are so politically correct are the most intolerant people of anyone else.

“[Molan] is not a malicious person and wouldn’t do anything deliberately hurtful.”

Molan has not yet responded to Hopoate’s comments. Nine declined to comment.

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