Barry Hall A 'Victim' After Offensive Radio Comment
The former AFL player says he and his partner are broke after he was fired by Triple M.
When Barry Hall made a vulgar and offensive comment about a woman during a live radio broadcast, he was sacked and widely condemned. Now, he claims he is the victim.
Appearing on Nine's 60 Minutes on Sunday night, the retired AFL player said he has been the subject of a "vile" flood of abuse and threats of violence that have reached his family.
Last June, Hall made a comment about the pregnant wife of ex-St Kilda player Leigh Montagna during a Triple M Melbourne 'All Star Footy' broadcast.
The comment, too offensive to publish, saw Hall immediately removed from the live broadcast and sacked by the radio network, two months after he signed onto the job.
"It was a bit unrehearsed. It was an off-the-cuff comment that was inappropriate for air," he told 60 Minutes.
"It shouldn't have been on radio, 100 percent."
Hall said he says "crude stuff like that ... more to get people laughing" and "not to be degrading to women or inappropriate".
"I sort of understand now after the ramifications of what happened that shouldn't certainly be on air," he said.
"The thing is, as I've said, we've got no income now, and there's no real light at the end of the tunnel of when that will change or when that will be."
Hall hit back at the "thousands and thousands" of critics who directed "absolute hate" towards him, his partner Lauren Brant and their one-year-old son Miller.
"(They were) basically saying that I was a pig and she (Lauren) deserves me and all that stuff ... that my son's ugly ... I'm not just talking about harmful words, I'm talking about physical stuff.
"It's a pack mentality, really. They just lay the boots in ... it's a form of bullying," he said.
Hall said he has certainly learned his lesson "the hard way".
"I actually went away and educated myself on why it was vulgar and why it was degrading to women," he said, claiming it would be "probably two or three years" before any company would approach him again.
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