Politician Makes Absolutely Idiotic Comment Regarding Simon Zebo Racism Investigation
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Much to the appreciation of Simon Zebo and rugby as a whole – Ulster rugby yesterday released a statement to say they had identified the person who racially abused Simon Zebo in their game with Racing 92 and Kingspan and banned that so-called ‘fan’ for life, as well as sending a written apology to Zebo and his club.
Zebo made the complaint after the game with a worrying tweet, that was later investigated by Ulster, Racing 92 and the EPCR with justice thankfully prevailing in the end.
But as one idiot gets his comeuppance, another one has emerged on Twitter in the shape of politician Mike Nesbitt. To give you a little backstory – Zebo did an interview with RugbyPass during the week in which he expressed his “disappointment” above all else at what had gone down.
“It was something that happened to me quite a bit when I was younger, you know you’re dealing with other kids or children or teenagers, who don’t have the intellect or education at the time to understand how things like that can hurt a person.” Zebo said.
“So it was even more disappointing that I went home and it was an elderly man, 40-plus, so that’s why it just annoyed me a bit. But it is water off a ducks back now for me, I’d be quite bullet-proof in terms of that.”
Now let us introduce Mike Nesbitt’s absolutely ridiculous Tweet.
First and foremost Simon Zebo should not have been abused by the Ulster fan who shouted something inappropriate – but Zebo shouldn’t describe him as “an elderly man, like 40 plus”. Ageism, racism, both wrong
— Mike Nesbitt (@mikenesbittni) January 22, 2019
What an absolute… We won’t even say it. You fill in the missing word as appropriate. First of all Zebo clearly refers to the man’s age as he is trying to get the point across that he assumed an adult [as opposed to a child] would have a bit more cop on. Secondly Zebo would not have had to refer to, or try and identify the man had he not suffered disgusting racist abuse to begin with.
The only good thing to come out of it all is the responses to Nesbitt on Twitter which will put a smile on your face…
First and foremost you should never have tweeted this Mike.
— Ian cross (@Iancross5) January 23, 2019
What a load of Bull****
— Kelvin Brown (@kelvinbrown1996) January 23, 2019
Shut up you absolute muppet
— Anthony Horgan (@AnthonyHorgan) January 23, 2019
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) January 24, 2019
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) January 23, 2019
1) The fact you see parallels between the two is ridiculous!!
2) Ageism is the prejudice or discrimination against an individual or group based on their age. Did Zebo hold a prejudice against this man due to age? No. Did he discriminate against this man based on his age? No.
— Gavin Yore (@gavinyoreNMT) January 23, 2019
Awe Jesus Mike someone retweeted what you said and I was thinking ‘wise up he’s having a laugh’ so I’ve went on this thread to look and I’m mortified for you sir. Mortified
— Karen Grace (@TwosCoCatering) January 23, 2019