Nine thinks again on its ‘responsibility cuts both ways’ AFL sex assault KAK row comment

Nine has tonight attempted to extricate itself from a growing row over comments made on this morning’s Kerri-Anne Kennerley show in which the veteran presenter described women who go home with AFL players as “strays”.

The network has now attempted to distance itself from a statement it made shortly after the show, issuing a second statement clarifying its first statement.  

Kennerley had as a guest on the show Peter “Spida” Everitt who had made outspoken Twitter comments yesterday suggesting that women needed to “learn” what to expect if they went home with football players late at night. His comments followed an allegation of sexual assault involving two Collingwood players.

Apparently sympathising with his view, Kennerley told him: “They put themselves in harms’ way by picking up strays… Girls have been throwing themselves at famous sports people for years.”

After the show Nine issued a statement saying: “In relation to the ‘stray’ term used, responsibility cuts both ways with these sort of things, and not with just the one party. What she was speaking to Spida about was the fact that not one party can be blamed for this. The responsibility lies with the girls as well as with the guys when you’re talking about alcohol-fuelled situations at three o’clock in the morning.”

But after a growing online backlash, Nine tonight put out a new statement saying:

This morning on Kerri-Anne, a comment was made referring to women who go out late at night with AFL players as “strays”. This was in a conversation between Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Peter “Spida” Everitt.

A statement was then issued after the interview in which a spokesperson for Kerri-Anne said: “Responsibility cuts both ways with these sorts of situations, and not just one party. We should always hear both sides of the story before we form an opinion.”

The above statement was by no means meant to play down the very serious allegations of rape and domestic violence. It was in reference to a small segment of the conversation between Spida and Kerri-Anne.


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