Sunderland boss, David Moyes, has caused quite the stir after his “threat” to slap a female reporter. However, is this really as bad as it seems? Or has the media just turned a little bit of banter into a situation?
First off, here’s a video that outlines the phrase that Moyes has landed a load of heat.
Moyes was finishing up an interview with BBC 5 Live and BBC Newcastle journalist, Vicki Sparks. He was unhappy with a question regarding the presence of owner Ellis Short at the Stadium of Light. Although cutting off the interview, Sparks’s recording device was still rolling. Moyes continued:
“It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself, you still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.”
Not the smartest choice of words
Moyes has since apologized for his words but also insists it was a heat of the moment comment. If you ask me, it sounds more like he’s having a banterous joke with Sparks, and laughter can be heard as he speaks. Certainly not “Man of the Month” material talking like that, but let’s not blow it all out of proportion. Nobody needs sacking over this.
“I don’t see it as being something which is in my character. It is something which is out of character.
“As I said, I’ve apologised to the girl. She was fine, she accepted it.
“I spoke to Martin [Bain, chief executive] immediately after it happened. I spoke to Ellis about it on the Monday morning as well. They were aware of it two weeks ago.”
– David Moyes when asked on surviving his role
Moyes has apologised to Sparks personally since, and she was apparently fine with it anyway. Do you think he’s put his job at risk? Or do you think this whole thing is ridiculous and should be forgotten?
Source: Northern Echo