Tennis legend Pat Cash is at the centre of a political correctness storm this afternoon after appearing to make a homophobic comment live on BBC television.
The retired Australian, who famously won his only Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 1987, was commentating on his compatriot Sam Groth’s third round clash against the mercurial Roger Federer at the All England Club this afternoon.
Cash, commenting on Goth – who is the fastest serving male tennis player in the world at the moment, with a first serve of 145mph – appeared to refer to players who stay on the baseline as “the gay ones”, and players who serve-volley as “real men”.
The comment was made during the third and final set of today’s match but within moments, Both Cash and the BBC’s various Twitter feeds were bombarded with tennis fans demanding he apologise, with many hoping they had misheard or misunderstood his turn of phrase whilst commentating with John Inverdale.
Whilst many fans on social media were appalled by the apparent comments, other spectators claimed Cash had actually referred to baseliners as “the game ones”. It remains to be seen whether Cash or the BBC will make an effort to clarify the comments.