Former Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray, who departed under a shadow thanks to his sexist behaviour, has been disgraced again just days after his return to UK TV.
Gray, who has been working with Richard Keys at BeInSport in Qatar, returned to the UK’s television screens this weekend but within hours of his debut on BT Sport, he was embarrassed on the internet when another video of his sexist behaviour. When Gray left Sky, it was under a dark cloud as they parted company thanks to the behaviour he demonstrated. This came to the attention of Sky when tapes of the commentator’s off-air conversations with Keys about female linesman Sian Massey, were leaked.
There were claims across the whole of the Sky Sports football department but Barney Francis, the managing director of Sky Sports. This came after the second load of footage showing Gray and Keys making lewd comments about co-worker Charlotte Jackson was leaked. They also made comments regarding Jamie Redknapp who is a fellow pundit.
Now BT Sport have employed him to join their presenting team, which already boasts the talents of Jake Humphrey and Clare Balding. In a way, this could be seen as yet another subtle dig at their rival broadcasting company Sky – who of course were his previous employers. BT Sport have taken on Gray after a stint in Doha where he and Keys were the face of the Premier League action in the UAE.
Speaking about the incidents, the two men both claimed there was an agenda to get them removed from Sky Sports and later, Keys claimed he had been bugged. Gray however, speaking much later, stated that he suffered a period of severe depression that led to him debating suicide. He has made it very clear that he has no issue with female referees and the comments were ‘private banter’ with him being unfairly exposed.
The exposure of females in sport has made headway in the recent years with the focus being not just on officials in the game but also sports. Cricket for one puts as much focus on the England Women as much as they do the men’s. There is no reason for this not to be the case, but with sport still being a predominantly male world, it can be tough for women to make it and so when they do come into the spotlight, it is hard for them not to receive a little extra attention.
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