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NRL Bulldogs Captain Apologizes For Derogatory Remarks Aimed At Female TV Journalist
Published October 3, 2012
DEFENDING THE PLAYERS: In Sydney, Brad Walter reported that Canterbury sponsor Gary Johnston has "defended players." Johnston, whose company Jaycar Electronics is the Bulldogs jersey sponsor, said that "the celebrations were a private function and the media had been locked out." It was unclear who had made the comments as they were heard through a slightly opened window, and Johnston said that Azzopardi, "would have been 40m away." Johnston said, "I do know that microphone was some considerable distance from the window and they would have had to use electronic augmentation to even pick up that." He added: "I am 110% behind the Canterbury club. There was an expectation of privacy and these kids had dropped their guard and they were goofing off. They are in their 20s and they may say things that in public they would not say...even in semi-public, sensible professionals like Alan Jones still make dreadful mistakes and these are only kids" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/3).