The furor over the BBC’s use of the n-word has spread to the sports department, with an enraged employee sending an explosive, expletive email to all staff and bosses.
Director General Tony Hall apologized, saying a mistake had been made when the broadcaster used the slur in a news report about a racist attack, an action that resulted in more than 18,000 complaints.
Initially, the BBC was behind the decision, saying that the victim’s family supported the use of the word. That caused more anger from both inside and outside the building, with Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman, real name David Whitely, leaving the station across the line.
An enraged BBC staff member has complained after Fiona Lamdin used the n-word on the news
And Sports agenda has been told that a BBC Sport employee then sent a passionate message to the staff and top executives, including the Director General, entitled: ‘The BBC is f ***** g racist – some words about my decision to leave the BBC- diversity to leave the steering group. ‘
The lengthy post made it clear in the strongest possible terms that insulting the uncensored swear words in the email should not be taken because the BBC considered it appropriate to use the most offensive word of all – adding that it had produced white colleagues’ the right to go around shouting n ***** in my face or in a zoom screen ‘.
BBC 1Xtra’s Sideman retired after the broadcaster initially defended its decision to broadcast the word
The employee also wrote, “If I had the financial means I would quit the BBC completely.” An insider explained: ‘It has caused a massive storm and is the talk of the department. I don’t know if the management knows how to respond. ‘
A BBC spokesperson pointed out that the message had been sent before Hall apologized, adding that they had tightened guidelines for language and continued with their diversity and inclusion team. They also said the employee had been spoken to about the issues they raised.
Jose has his mojo back
According to Tottenham insiders, Jose Mourinho is a fortified man. The Spurs boss is said to have even surprised chairman Daniel Levy with his enthusiasm.
“He was in good shape last season, but he’s come back to another level,” said a source. “He throws himself into training and those who have known him for a while say it’s like seeing the Jose from the Porto days.”
Jose Mourinho looks bright at Tottenham, as he once did when he was manager of Porto
Unexpected victory for the tax authorities
The taxman’s unexpected win over talkSPORT host and comedy writer Paul Hawksbee has sent shockwaves through the industry. Half of the excellent Hawksbee and Jacobs afternoon show, Hawksbee was ordered to pay HMRC around £ 145,000 after they overturned a previous tribunal decision last year when he successfully challenged his alleged private contractor status.
Dozens of other people at organizations, including the BBC, have similar contracts and panic that they will be the next target.
Quins staff fired
The stories of wee in rugby continue with the news that Harlequins fired a large number of backroom employees last week. Other clubs will likely have to take similar measures.
Harlequins have fired a large number of staff and other clubs may have to follow suit
Is Coates a crazy cuddler?
Unsuccessful candidates for the position of performance director at UK Athletics may have been troubled to see CEO Joanna Coates tweet a photo of herself and successful candidate Sara Symington in an embrace within an hour of the announcement.
The pair teamed up at England Netball and the photo was taken after the team won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Coates captioned the photo: “This is what it felt like when we achieved what some people thought was impossible. I look forward to more moments like this in our athletics journey. ‘
According to HR experts, those who missed it – including Steve Paulding, who filled the role on an interim basis – would be entitled to question UK Sport about the perceived fairness of the recruitment process.
Single bubble gives opportunities to young people
The initial plans for England to meet at St George’s Park ahead of the two Nations League games in Iceland and Denmark were for two separate bubbles: one for the first team and one for the Under 21 team.
Gareth Southgate therefore faced the prospect of not being able to take anyone from the Under 21 squad to train with the senior group in recognition of their efforts.
Southgate likes to give high-achieving youngsters a taste of life with the seniors and – after further discussion – only one bubble is now used, ensuring the English boss can continue his reward plan.
England now has just one bubble containing the England senior and under-21 teams
Martin Tyler’s Special Waiver
Concerns at Sky Sports that Martin Tyler will not be allowed to comment on the upcoming Premier League season have been allayed.
Since the mainstay will be 75 next month, it will be identified as vulnerable under the top flight’s coronavirus protocols.
For Project Restart matches, Tyler was allowed to sign a special waiver, which allowed him to enter the bubbles around stadiums. It has now been confirmed that a similar agreement has been reached for the new campaign.
Commuter Wiegman had better hope that the virus disappears soon
The Football Association must be confident that the pandemic is likely to abate significantly over the next 12 months.
A press conference for new English female manager Sarina Wiegman, who will not take over from Phil Neville until September next year, bizarrely took place last week – when it was revealed that the current Dutch boss would not be moving to England full-time for the role.
Given that the press conference should have taken place in Wembley but done remotely, one has to wonder if that optimism is well placed.
Last week there was a press conference for new England manager, Sarina Wiegman, about Zoom
St George’s Park is proving popular
The FA has seen an increase in the number of clubs using St George’s Park, with many choosing not to leave these shores for pre-season training camps for obvious reasons.
Barnsley and Peterborough have already used the facilities. West Brom is also due for a stay, while nearby Burton will be back in the building. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s decision to go to Austria has raised eyebrows on the top flight.
No regrets that I put a spoke in Julie’s wheel
Not everyone will be sad to see the departure of Julie Harrington after it was announced earlier this month that she will leave her role as CEO of British Cycling to join the British Horseracing Authority.
Last year, The Pedal Club had to write a letter of apology to Harrington after member and former British Cycling president Tony Doyle made some scathing remarks during a statement of thanks after a dinner she spoke to.
However, Doyle did not regret when he was approached by Sports Agenda.
“What I said turned out to be correct,” he insisted. At a time like this, with the pandemic, the ongoing Richard Freeman lawsuit and HSBC ending their sponsorship, strong leadership was needed – not one to jump off the boat after raising £ 1 million in three years without even a single Olympic cycle. ‘