Sports Diversity expert Proposes Banning Players For Homophobic Remarks

ryan Storr. Photo via twitter.

After Australian cricket player Marcus Stoinis called another player a “faggot,” and didn’t get suspended, Ryan Storr, a Western Sydney University sports diversity expert says players should be banned for such homophobic remarks.

Stoinis was fined $7,500 for his remarks, but Storr says his punishment was too lenient, calling for a blanket ban for players who say homophobic slurs. Storr, who authored several research projects on cricket, including one on LGBT inclusion in cricket, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Unless there are repercussions for people saying homophobic remarks, we're not going to get rid of them," Storr told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Within the research I did, it showed that even at grassroots level it's still common to hear homophobic remarks.”

Storr said that across Australian sports, rules against homophobia are all over the place, and need to be more clear cut.