10 to One
When will the racism end?
Nic Naitanui has had enough of racist footy fans, while Eggboy’s stance against an anti-Muslim senator has reached the NBA.
In our weekly series, 10 to One, AthletesVoice brings you our 10 favourite posts from sportspeople around the world.
10. RICCIARDO’S NEW WHEELS
After a run of mechanical dramas at Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo was hoping for a change of fortune with Renault.
His first start with the team didn’t exactly go to plan, with Ricciardo forced to retire after just 28 laps at the Australian Grand Prix.
No wonder the Aussie Formula One driver has found himself a new (old) set of wheels.
Let’s hope this one doesn’t turn out to be a lemon as well.
9. POGBA BRINGS THE BLING
Paul Pogba and Antoine Greizmann have made good on their promise to buy NBA-style rings for their France teammates to celebrate winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The bling certainly didn’t come cheap.
Swipe across on his Instagram post below to check out the design.
8. PUTTING THE RUMOURS TO BEDAlex Glenn insists that he isn’t being forced out of the Brisbane Broncos, following reports in the media that his days at the club were numbered.
The 241-game club veteran says he has been reassured by coach Anthony Seibold that his place in the team is secure.
There’s been a few headlines getting around today in regards to myself and these rumours that continue to be reported of…
7. A FIELD OF LIGHTS
Matildas striker Kyah Simon recently travelled to the heart of Australia, Uluru, to reconnect with her indigenous culture.
These shots from ‘The Field of Lights’ are simply stunning.
6. THE ‘MANKAD’ strikes again
Shane Warne certainly didn’t hold back in his criticism of Ravi Ashwin, following the Indian’s controversial Mankad dismissal of Jos Buttler in the IPL.
So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball – so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI – this a not a good look for the #IPL
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Aussie journalist Josh Butler was an unexpected casualty of the Twitter furore, due to a case of mistaken identity.
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 26, 2019
5. GRONK RETIRES
One of the NFL’s most popular characters, Rob Gronkowski, has announced his retirement.
The tight-end won three Super Bowls during his nine years with the New England Patriots.
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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.
4. JUst a ‘quick announcement’
Speaking of retirements, Conor McGregor has announced on Twitter that he has decided to retire from “the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Arts”.
That was just the start of the drama. Within hours, the New York Times was reporting that ‘The Notorious’ is under investigation for sexual assault.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
3. A CHANCE AT HISTORY
The Adelaide Crows will be playing for their second AFLW flag in the competition’s three-year history when they take on Carlton in the Grand Final this Sunday.
The decider will be held at the Adelaide Oval, where 13,429 fans watched the Crows thrash Geelong by 66 points in the prelim.
2. EGGBOY REACHES THE NBA
When 17-year-old Will Connolly cracked an egg on senator Fraser Anning’s head, he became a social media sensation. The act earned him the nickname ‘Eggboy’ and more than 660,000 Instagram followers.
Among his global legion of fans are NBA superstars Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden, who paid tribute to the teenager during the 76ers’ game against the Hornets.
1. WHEN WILL IT END?
Nic Naitanui has had enough of racist footy fans.
When his West Coast Eagles teammate Liam Ryan was targeted by racist trolls on Instagram, Naitanui called for the culprits to be held accountable for their disgusting comments.
And so they should be.
These fools need to be held accountable at some stage. ? pic.twitter.com/GHhLHO99be
— Nic Naitanui (@NicNat) March 24, 2019
The incident has motivated the Eagles to take a public stand against racism. Watch the club’s powerful message to fans below.
We're taking a stand against racism.
We need your support.
Learn, share and start a conversation.
— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) March 26, 2019