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Bernard O'Byrne's remarks were “deeply disappointing” | Sport Ireland

Sport Ireland says a social media post made by Bernard O'Byrne was "inappropriate" and "deeply di...



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Bernard O'Byrne's remarks were “deeply disappointing” | Sport Ireland

Sport Ireland says a social media post made by Bernard O'Byrne was "inappropriate" and "deeply disappointing".

The Basketball Ireland CEO quipped that "Black Dives Matter" on a BBC News Facebook post about Raheem Sterling being awarded a penalty against Denmark. That comment has since been deleted and he's apologised for an "error in judgement".

England forward Sterling supporters the Black Lives Matter movement and former Ireland coach Jerome Westbrooks feels Mr O'Byrne's comments "diminish the importance" of those campaigning for racial equality.

Sport Ireland provided Basketball Ireland with €740,000 in funding this year and in statement to OTB Sports, say they're disappointed that one of the top sports administrators in the country made comments contrary to inclusion.

They added that they have a "strong emphasis on the promotion of diversity and inclusion at all levels" and expecting sporting bodies in Ireland to demonstrate that options to participate are "open to all"

Irish basketball's governing body are meeting today to discuss the fall out from the incident and Sport Ireland says it's now an internal issue for Basketball Ireland.

 

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Sport Ireland Statement

"Sport Ireland notes the apology of Bernard O’Byrne, CEO of Basketball Ireland, following inappropriate remarks he made recently on social media. Mr O’Byrne’s remarks were deeply disappointing as all National Governing Bodies and their representatives are expected to promote sport in an inclusive manner and to show leadership on the issue of inclusion.

"Sport Ireland places a strong emphasis on the promotion of diversity and inclusion at all levels, and in all areas of sport. Sport Ireland is unequivocal in its stance against discrimination of any kind and it is incumbent upon all involved in the sport sector to demonstrate that opportunities in sport are open to all.

"As this is now an internal Basketball Ireland issue, Sport Ireland is not in a position to provide any further comment on the matter."

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