Rugby league commentator Warren Ryan has quit his job with long-time employer the ABC after being stood down before an investigation into allegations he made a racist remark on air.
“The ABC has suspended me pending an investigation, so I have resigned to save them the trouble of conducting it,” Ryan said.
“I have outlined my reasons for not wanting to continue there in a letter to them.”
Ryan and his colleague David Morrow were suspended last month after the two-time premiership coach allegedly used the term “old darky” during the call of the Sydney Roosters-Canterbury match.
The 73-year-old made no apologies as he ended a career spanning more than two decades at the station.
“As for the injustice done to David Morrow in standing him down, he wasn’t even listening when I was comparing a blow-up on the field between the ref and a player to a scene in the film Gone with the Wind,” said Ryan.
“It can’t be racist cause it comes from a movie … made 75 years ago” http://t.co/Q5V3XbKK9z
— Count Hex a-Lot (@elronxenu) June 8, 2014
Feel sorry for Warren Ryan. he was relating a story fro the cotton fields days. I heard it. I was not offended and I am black.
— Carol Carlse (@CCarlse) June 8, 2014
“David was busy retrieving other sports results from his smartphone.
“He only rejoined the commentary as I finished describing the humorous movie scene.
“The word used to describe the character was a direct quote from the film. There was no offence intended, so I won’t be apologising. It would be insincere.
“Furthermore, there is no appeasing those who are determined to be offended.
“In effect, I’ve brought forward my intended end of season retirement date.”