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 @ 3:31pm
      Photon said | April 12th 2012 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

      Isn’t this a mainstream view in New Zealand, last year Spiro wrote a whole article how you can’t have to moaris playing in decision making posititions on a rugby field. That’s not verbatim but it’s basically what was implied.

      • April 13th 2012 @ 9:26am
        BennO said | April 13th 2012 @ 9:26am | ! Report

        That seems a pretty serious allegation toward a rugby writer. I think you’d better be prepared to provide a link to that article if you’re going to make an allegation like that because it seems highly unlikely to me.

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          April 13th 2012 @ 9:38am
          The Bush said | April 13th 2012 @ 9:38am | ! Report

          Actually the article (by Spiro) was in response to comments/rumiurs that emerged about the Crusaders which suggested there was an unwritten philosophy or whatever you want to call it that the halves are always white and that the “best” Kiwi teams have white tight fives and halves and Islander/Maori back rows and three quarter lines.

          From memory Spiro was certainly not advocating it or agreeing with it – simply reported the comments/rumours, whatever you want to call them.

          • April 14th 2012 @ 8:55am
            BennO said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:55am | ! Report

            Thanks for clearing that up. It did sound unlikely that Spiro would write something like that.

            • April 14th 2012 @ 10:41am
              Photon said | April 14th 2012 @ 10:41am | ! Report

              Wait just a second, I speak under correction but in the article spiro infers that the guy who suggested this was some sort of visionary and that those who refered to the policy as rascist were morons. If I am wrong I will gladly apologise, but I don’t think I am. Please may one of you post a link if you can?

    • April 12th 2012 @ 3:43pm
      Lippy said | April 12th 2012 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

      Sir Graham to the rescue surely this will give the Blues some confidence

    • April 12th 2012 @ 4:30pm
      Geoff Brisbane now California said | April 12th 2012 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

      So it is agreed racial abuse is not welcome at all from all races whether polynesian/maori or european etc. That is cool now lets get on with the rugby because once again the media I have looked at hasn’t been able to prove whether the abuse was from european/polynesian or maori and the agreement is none is acceptable.

    • April 12th 2012 @ 5:32pm
      west said | April 12th 2012 @ 5:32pm | ! Report

      I havent read any racist remarks on social media about pacific islanders on the blues…..maybe its around somewhere if you look hard enough for it i guess. Racist remarks aside the Blues are in trouble and the coach cant blame some stupid remarks and BS and act like there effecting him, if some ridiculous remarks are effecting him then he shouldn’t be in that position. Any professional should be above pity remarks. I hate racist of any kind but the team needs to step up pakeha, maori and pacific islanders and work together. Henry has got involved he made the Auckland team a huge success when he was head coach with plenty of Islanders and maori players so that proves that race is not the issue now or ever will be. With Henry involved he will uncover the truth and expose the weak links whether that be individual players or coaching staff or both. We will expect to see some dramatic changes.

    • April 12th 2012 @ 6:48pm
      chuck said | April 12th 2012 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

      Pat has been a school teacher like Graham Henry so its not a communication problem some off those players need a good kick up the backside and be responsable in helping Kevie because its starting take toll on him as well racial abuse is unacceptable in any form so to the red necks & the faceless foe grow up rugby can not tolarate your garbage and the New Zealand public wont stand for it.
      KIA KAHA Pat !!

    • April 12th 2012 @ 9:28pm
      Sylvester said | April 12th 2012 @ 9:28pm | ! Report

      Have a large number of Maori/Polynesian players didn’t seem to hinder the Blues when they won their three Super titles, or the Kiwis when they won 3N and RLWC. Warriors two grand finals, Junior Warriors defending champs, etc etc.

      • April 12th 2012 @ 9:45pm
        p.Tah said | April 12th 2012 @ 9:45pm | ! Report

        Or Samoa or Tonga when they beat the Wallabies…

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