Australia women’s team star Megan Schutt recently slammed all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and pacer James Pattinson for using homophobic slurs during the recently-concluded Big Bash League (BBL). Both Pattinson and Stoinis were fined after being found guilty of making homophobic comments against other players.
Pattinson made an unpleasant joke towards his Brisbane Heat teammate Cameron Gannon after the pair had clashed during a Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Queensland. Pattinson was charged with a level two code of conduct breach by Cricket Australia after his comments were found to be homophobic in nature.
Stoinis, on the other hand, was fined $7,500 and was asked to issue a public apology for ‘personal abuse’ against fellow Aussie pacer Kane Richardson during BBL.
“It’s disappointing that we still use that language, and I don’t believe that those boys actually are homophobic, I truly don’t,” said the Aussie women’s team fast bowler.
“They wouldn’t be saying it with that intent, but they’re still using the wrong words,” she added.
Stoinis, who plays for Melbourne Stars in the BBL, hurled homophobic slurs at Richardson, who represents Melbourne Renegades. The incident happened during a clash between the two sides. Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey later revealed that Stoiniswas apologetic about his distasteful comments and had a word with Richardson after the game.
“All I know is Marcus is really apologetic, he was actually distraught after the game. He has spoken to Kane and it’s been done with now and we hopefully can just move on,” Hussey had said.