British politician lashes out at BBC's decision to hire Nick Kyrgios for Wimbledon commentary

Saturday, 25 May 2024 at 03:00
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After the BBC announced they would be hiring controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios for their Wimbledon commentary team this summer, several fans reacted with mixed results. British MP Caroline Nokes was amongst those opposed to the idea, pointing out past allegations associated with the Australian.
Kyrgios pled guilty in February 2023 to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Chiara Passari on January 10, 2021. After accepting the allegations, the Aussie star avoided the verdict as the magistrate dismissed the charges, calling the incident "a single act of stupidity."
The former Wimbledon finalist has been out of action for over 20 months due to injury. However, he has been making appearances as a commentator, chiming in on the Australian Open earlier this year and contributing to the Tennis Channel as an analyst.
Upon learning of the BBC's decision to hire Kyrgios, Nokes lashed out, asking the organization to hang it's head in shame. Furthermore, she accused BBC of not paying their female staff equal wages, and even brought up the past allegations associated with Kyrgios.
"The BBC should hang its head in shame at this appointment," said Nokes in an interview with The Telegraph. "It’s a disgrace and shows the utter contempt our national broadcaster has towards women.
"Not content with consistently underpaying their own female staff and forcing out women once they hit a certain age, they now bring a man who admitted assaulting a woman on board for Wimbledon."

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