Blues hurt by ‘low life’ comments


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    Racially charged comments about the Blues Super Rugby team’s poor form show there is an element of racism in New Zealand society, says Blues chief executive Andy Dalton.

    The Blues’ slow start to the season – with just one win in six games – has brought on a number of comments on social media sites blaming the high number of Maori and Pacific Island players and coaches in the team.

    Coach Pat Lam broke down in front of the media on Wednesday as he talked about the impact of the racial abuse on his parents.

    “They sacrificed themselves for us to come here and have a good life, so it hurts my parents,” he said.

    Dalton told Radio New Zealand on Thursday morning some of the comments the team have received have been “absolutely low life”.

    He says the Blues welcome feedback on their performance through social media, but some of it has gone “far beyond the realms of reasonable”.

    “It’s not racism within Auckland rugby – I think it’s an element of our society,” Dalton said.

    “It’s a very ugly part of our society and I think we’ve all got a responsibility to shut that stuff down.”

    Dalton says there is zero tolerance towards racism in the Blues organisation and he hopes this is the same for any New Zealand business.

    Lam says he accepts criticism of the team’s performance, particularly from people prepared to put their names to comments, but the racial comments are unacceptable.

    “It’s the faceless people, and that’s social media and so forth and talkback, when people say things that are pretty offensive, making out that it’s because I’m an Islander – that’s just offensive.”

    Lam coached the Blues to the Super Rugby playoffs last year.

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    • April 12th 2012 @ 10:21am
      ohtani's jacket said | April 12th 2012 @ 10:21am | ! Report

      This is the sad and unfortunate truth and has been a longstanding problem in Auckland with both the Blues and the Warriors. Even my father has been known to say stuff like this.

      • April 12th 2012 @ 1:07pm
        millard said | April 12th 2012 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        RR yes silence of the critics or silence of the lams?

    • April 12th 2012 @ 12:20pm
      RebelRanger said | April 12th 2012 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

      As a Pacific Islander myself I feel for Lam and all the people who have taken offence (players/ families of players/ management etc).
      Unfortunately we live in a world where there are people who are racists. But thats life, I don’t belive its anything to cry over.
      I played junior rugby for a team where only 2 players were not of Samoan descent (in Melbourne, I know how weird) and alot of weeks we heard opposition coaches, parents etc label us dogs, mongrels, savages what have you and it upset us but you can’t break down and have a cry. You steel yourself and power on. When we won the championship all those comments were irrelevant to us as it means nothing. Lam needs results to silence his critics. There will always be racists.

    • April 12th 2012 @ 1:25pm
      Onor said | April 12th 2012 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      its not racisist… i live in auckland and everyone i talk to about the blues and even the islanders are saying it. I was in the waikato over the weekend and it was put in a better manner when i made a joke that the blues are just warming up at a bar… when a man said.. “the blues.. too many cuzzie bro’s in that team” and the entire bar agreed with him.

    • April 12th 2012 @ 1:54pm
      Lippy said | April 12th 2012 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      As a maori I find the criticism of the team and coach justified however the need to racially abuse Pat and the Blues is abhorrent. I personally have not seen any of the comments myself so I can only go by whats in the media.
      Reality is that there is an underlying thought system within some sectors of society is that the Brown boys provide the brawn and gas whilst the white boys provide the brains and direction.

      Pat isn’t making excuses King and your comment is as pitiful those making the racist remarks.

      If this doesn’t fire up the Blues then nothing will

    • April 12th 2012 @ 1:57pm
      Lippy said | April 12th 2012 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

    • April 12th 2012 @ 2:24pm
      Emric said | April 12th 2012 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

      As a New Zealander with a maori mother and European Father I completely disagree with the thinking that there are too many bro’s in the Blues.

      New Zealand was built on Maori rugby and the style they played gave us a national identity. Pat is doing a great job he’s just brought into the Hurricanes dream of having too many All Blacks who are not prepared to play ball.

      The Hurricanes are now on the rise and the blues have been saddled with the same infighting problems which plagued the hurricanes last year.

      It’s the players attitudes towards new ideas and training. In the All Blacks they would be dropped for upsetting the coach in the blues, like the hurricanes before them, they are being tolirated

      This is the problem with the blues as i see it

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