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Canterbury, NRL Settle On $30K Donation Following Channel Nine's Sexism Claims
Published October 10, 2012
AGREE TO DISAGREE: In Sydney, Chris Barrett reported that a YouTube video featuring Graham and an elderly woman dancing in a pub was "a bizarre central feature of Canterbury's defence" to the Australian Rugby League Commission. A Canterbury investigation determined that "none of the obscene comments recorded and broadcast by Channel Nine was directed toward the network's reporter," Azzopardi, who was positioned with a crew outside the training facility on the day after the grand final. Club CEO Todd Greenberg apologized to Azzopardi for her hearing the comments but said the parties had ''agreed to disagree'' over their target (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/10).
SPONSOR ANGERED BY NINE'S CLAIMS: The London GUARDIAN reported that Canterbury is seeking an apology from Channel Nine. Jaycar Electronics Owner Gary Johnston, whose company is the Bulldogs' main sponsor, "uncovered no evidence" that any players abused Azzopardi with obscene comments. Johnston said, "I think Channel Nine should definitely apologise for what they've done, as far as inflaming a lot of aggravation over what was very little evidence that there was any abusive conversation to the Channel Nine people. It could have been [directed to] someone inside the building, in fact that's the more likely explanation. Channel Nine were secretly recording that conversation without the knowledge of the people inside the building so it was Channel Nine' s conceit that assumed that they were talking to [her]" (GUARDIAN, 10/9).