AFL great Barry Hall has been sacked by FM radio network Triple M after making a vulgar on-air comment.
At the time, Hall was speaking to former St Kilda player and co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat ahead of Friday night’s clash between the Western Bulldogs and Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
According to afl.com.au, Hall commented about the impending birth of Montagna’s child.
Montagna’s wife Erin is due with the couple’s first baby next week.
“Tonight on Triple M Football, there were unacceptable and inappropriate comments made by a member of the commentary team,” head of content Mike Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
“The commentator was removed immediately from the broadcast and an apology was issued on air afterwards.
“Immediate action was taken with the termination of employment for one team member.”
Reaction on social media was swift, with most choosing not to repeat the comment due to it’s inappropriate nature.
Shelly Ware tweet: Seriously Barry Hall are you kidding me…all you had to do was turn up and talk footy. You made me physically ill and infuriated at the same time…disgusting!
Mark Gottlieb tweet: I just heard what Barry Hall said. Wow. I’m speechless. Good on TripleM for sacking him on the spot. There wasn’t really any choice.
Matt Thompson tweet: Have heard what Barry Hall said and have chosen not to repeat it either on twitter or in our article. I’m sorry but it’s utterly disgusting.
Hall was said to be filling in for Chris Judd during the broadcast.
Considered one of the best forwards of the modern era, the 41-year-old played 289 games for St Kilda, Sydney and the Bulldogs, kicking 746 goals and becoming the first player to kick 100 goals with three different clubs.
He also captained the Swans to their 2005 premiership but his career was marred by a number of high-profile, on-field incidents.
Hall became a television and radio commentator after his retirement from the game in 2011.