We all make mistakes

Commentator, umpire in the firing line for remarks

Whether it be television or radio, Brian Taylor is a big name in footy commentary

FOOTBALL commentator Brian Taylor and umpire Ray Chamberlain would like to erase footage and audio of their comments from the weekend's AFL action.

Problem is, they cannot.

What they can do is learn from their mistakes.

We all make mistakes, whether it be at work, home, or on the sporting arena.

In the case of Taylor (pictured) and Chamberlain it's on the national stage where they have stumbled, big time.

Whether it be on television or radio, Brian Taylor is one of the biggest names in the Australian football commentary world.

Taylor's homophobic comment about Geelong defender Harry Taylor before Saturday night's clash between Sydney and Carlton was always going to put him in the spotlight and cause plenty of angst.

He did what he had to do and apologised during the telecast from the SCG.

Problem is it was only a few weeks earlier he made a homophobic comment about radio and TV journalist Seb Costello, who is on 3AW's footy team.

On that occasion Taylor was spoken to by Radio 3AW's legal counsel.

Saturday night's "gay" jibe were another "blue" and one that Taylor deeply regrets.

Radio 3AW general manager Shane Healy, who started his own radio career in Bendigo, had no choice but to stand Taylor down from Sunday's call of the Collingwood-Essendon clash.

There had to be a penalty.

Taylor was on-air for a short time on 3AW on Sunday.

"My apology of last night absolutely stands unequivocally" he said.

"I made a blue, I apologised accordingly at the first opportunity to the Seven viewers where I made the blue.

"I regret my choice of words that I used on the night and I will receive some high-level counselling off the people at Seven, which is fantastic," said Taylor.

The comments by field umpire Ray Chamberlain during Friday night's clash between Adelaide and Hawthorn were extreme.

The heat was on Chamberlain after he called an early finish to the third quarter after he thought the siren had sounded.

There were still some seconds to play, so Chamberlain decided to bounce the ball.

It was another episode in the "siren dramas" at Adelaide Oval.

"Razor" Ray is one of, if not the most outspoken of umpires during a game.

Of course there was plenty of banter between umpire and players over the "early call" to end the quarter.

Chamberlain's reaction was astounding.

To use the term "retarded" was completely unnecessary.

No doubt it was a "high-pressure" moment, but Ray's remarks were offensive to many.

On a weekend where the Western Bulldogs, Essendon and Richmond stunned their highly-rated opponents, it was Taylor and Chamberlain who also played starring roles, but not at their finest. 

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