- Jockey apologizes for making offensive remark
- Dean Yendall commented on conditions at Swan Hill on Monday
- He said he deeply regretted his comment and was committed to making amends.
An Australian jockey has apologized after making an outrageous comment during a post-race interview on Monday.
Dean Yendall, 49, spoke to Racing.com after winning the first race at Swan Hill aboard Russian Spirit when he made an “inappropriate and offensive joke” while discussing the windy conditions at the racecourse.
He noted the windy conditions would “make a prostitute explode” during a live chat with the sports channel.
Commissioners deemed the comments “damaging to the image of racing” and Yendall, who earned more than £35 million (A$67 million) in earnings during his long career, addressed Instagram to apologize.
He said: “I would like to express my sincere apologies for the inappropriate and offensive joke that was made during the Racing.com post-race interview at the Swan Hill races.
Dean Yendall apologized for making a prostitute remark after a race
The jockey was commenting on the windy conditions when he made the offensive comment
“I would like to acknowledge that my comments were hurtful and offensive to many, and I deeply regret the impact they had.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and understand that my comments were not only inappropriate but completely unacceptable.
“I want to assure you that this does not reflect my true values or beliefs. I am committed to remedying this situation and making amends.
“I understand that an apology alone is not enough and that actions speak louder than words.”
He also apologized to his fellow jockeys, sponsors and his management team, promising to “train” in order to be “better informed and aware of the impact of inappropriate comments”.
Yendall vowed to make amends after expressing ‘deep regret’ over his comments
“I understand that trust must be restored and I am fully committed to doing the work necessary to regain the respect and trust of those who have been hurt by my actions,” he added.
“Once again, I am deeply sorry for my offensive comments and any harm they may have caused.
“I am determined to make amends and ensure that a situation like this does not happen again.”