Hunt reflects on Davis controversy

By on April 15, 2013

Rex Hunt

Controversy … Rex Hunt and Leon Davis after they cleared the air. Source: Herald Sunlight

Rex Hunt has recounted the racial vilification scandal involving Collingwood?s Leon Davis, with the veteran broadcaster maintaining the entire affair was a easy misunderstanding.

In a candid and intensive-ranging interview with Mike Sheahan on Monday evening’s Open Mike, Hunt mentioned the controversial incident that passed off whereas he was once calling a Friday evening Pies-Essendon Recreation for radio station 3AW in 2005 used to be a “completely harmless” slip of the tongue.

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“’Black as a canine’s guts’ acquired here within the similar sentence as Leon Davis,” Hunt talked about of his description of the stormy evening time on the MCG.

“I didn’t take into account of the rest about it unless the subsequent Monday night after I had Sixteen neglected calls because of any person had rung SEN and (requested), ‘How can this racist get away with it?’

“nobody knew about it (in advance of then) that’s how innocent it was once. Then Leon received here out and mentioned, ‘I don’t accept his resolution’.

“Then Eddie got Leon and that i collectively, along with Michael Lengthy, and after five minutes Leon talked about, ‘It’s a storm in a teacup, I see the position you’re coming from’.” 

Hunt additionally observed A Number Of other controversial incidents he was embroiled in together with the intercourse scandal that sorely examined his marriage, his choice to hold forks onto a industrial airliner in 2004, the highway rage episode of 2008 and the time when he scuffled with youngsters in Byron Bay.

Hunt, for goodbye the doyen of 3AW’s soccer protection, additionally seen his bitter break up with the radio station and his be apologetic about at switching to rival Triple M, an carrier supplier he “had hated for subsequently a couple of years”.

Sheahan put it to Hunt that he had Lengthy gone to Triple M “in a huff” – a perception he disputed.

“I Was cool, I Used To Be calm, I was calculated, then again what I wasn’t prepared for used to be being an awfully 2nd or 1/3-string (caller),” he said.

“What I wasn’t ready for was as soon as that I wanted to vary my style. James Brayshaw – an incredible man and a fantastic caller – was the individual. It was once a boys’ membership. I’m a grandfather, sit within the nook like Dennis Cometti’s doing, and easily identify.

“Several times I was once once known as in (and they mentioned), ‘Seem we merely don’t know in regards to the worm burner, and the yibbida yibbida and the upper than Joe Cocker – merely title the footy straight’.”

After calling footy for 3AW for over 20 years, Hunt’s keep at Triple M lasted just two sooner than he departed in 2011.


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