Olympic swimmer Dawn Fraser supports Gina Rinehart after players disagreed with her sponsorship deal over abusive comments from her late father.
Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, withdrew from a lifeline sponsorship deal with Netball Australia after players criticized comments her late father Lang Hancock made about Aboriginal Australians 38 years ago and balked at wearing her company’s logo on their shirts .
Fraser lashed out at the players, praising Rinehart for supporting small sports over the years.
“I appreciate being associated with Mrs. Rinehart. I really can’t understand the netballer who pulled the plug,” Fraser said 4BC drive.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Fraser (pictured at an event earlier this year) said Gina Rinehart has done ‘a lot’ for women’s sport but fears she will gain more sponsorship following the visceral backlash from the Netball Australia controversy
‘Mrs G (Rinehart) has done a lot, not only for swimming, but also for beach volleyball, women’s rowing and synchronized swimming for women.
“I mean the sky up there — what are these women doing?”
Fraser, a four-time gold medalist, said she is concerned that Ms. Rinehart will now be deterred from sponsoring other sports after cruel public reactions to her racist comments made by her father in the 1980s.
“I don’t think (the players clearly have this story) and I don’t know the whole story either, but I really can’t understand it, it’s bad for the sport, it’s bad for those girls she said no to,” said they. said.
“Maybe she’ll stop sponsoring other sports now and I wouldn’t like that to happen to be honest.”
Gina Rinehart (right) withdrew her $15 million sponsorship from Netball Australia after an Indigenous player said she didn’t like wearing her logo 38 years after her father made racist comments about ‘sterilizing’ Indigenous people
Ms. Rinehart withdrew her massive $15 million sponsorship on Saturday after Indigenous Diamonds player Donnell Wallam said she felt uncomfortable wearing the company logo after the founder, Ms. Rinehart’s father, made comments about Indigenous “38 years ago.” sterilization’.
However, Fraser said that Mrs. Rinehart should not be blamed for her father’s views.
“She’s not her father, I would hate to be in her position and be scolded for my father doing some things wrong,” she said.
‘She’s a tough business woman, she grew up in a tough business family.
“She has now gone the other way, helping people in the sport to get the best out of themselves.
“Netball Australia has really gone wrong with this attitude, I just think it’s so bad for the sport.”
Mr Hancock’s racist comments made headlines this month after Indigenous Diamonds player Donnell Wallam expressed concern about wearing the Hancock Prospecting logo on her uniform, with her teammates supporting the decision.
Australian Netball Players Association CEO Kathryn Williams said the Diamonds did not want their only Indigenous player to wear a different uniform when she made her debut for the team.
Under mounting pressure, Wallam decided on Friday that she would wear the logo on her international debut, but by Saturday the deal was scrapped – leaving her “disturbed” and “devastated” by the bombing decision.
Indigenous Diamonds player Donnell Wallam (pictured) expressed concern about wearing the Hancock Prospecting logo on her uniform, with her teammates supporting the decision
“I don’t know what happened from the moment Donnell said she would wear the logo, just like the team and Hancock would move on,” Ms. Wiliams told the Today Show.
Hancock Prospecting canceled the lucrative $15 million partnership deal, claiming in a statement that it “does not want to contribute to netball’s divisive problems.”
“Contrary to media reports, Hancock Prospecting has not insisted that his name be carried by the Australian Diamonds in the current Constellation Cup series abroad,” the statement said.
The partnership between Hancock Prospecting and Netball Australia is reportedly worth $3.5 million a year until the end of 2025 (photo, The Diamonds pose in 2017)
“Hancock and Roy Hill do not want to add to Netball’s divisive problems and so Hancock has informed the governing body that it has withdrawn from the proposed partnership, effective immediately.”
The partnership between Hancock Prospecting and Netball Australia is reportedly worth $3.5 million a year through the end of 2025.
It comes as a huge blow to the sports organization after it struggled to find a major sponsor who was willing to pay the hefty sum.
It comes after native NRL legend Anthony Mundine urged Australia’s elite netballers to stick together in the face of the controversy over the partnership.
Indigenous NRL legend Anthony Mundine (pictured in June) urged Australia’s elite netballers to stick together in light of the partnership controversy
Anyone who thinks like him, speaks like him, believes what he believes is harmful to humanity,” Mundine told News Corp.
Donnell must remain strong and steadfast in her convictions. She (Gina Rinehart) could have apologized for her father’s comments, distanced herself from them, and told us she doesn’t believe those things. She pulled out her money instead.’
Mundine insisted that many people are on Wallam’s side and called on her teammates to support her under the public pressure.