Former Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Griffin McMaster has walked into a Twitter storm after he posted a tweet suggesting Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes should be “deported”.
Goodes is at the centre of the news as a result of the booing he receives when playing the Swans, and also a war-dance goal celebration, which has divided opinion across the nation.
High-profile media figures such as Alan Jones and Miranda Devine have also called out Goodes for “playing the victim” and “humiliating” a 13 year-old Collingwood fan in 2013, ensuring she was escorted from the Melbourne Cricket Ground after she’d referred to him as an “ape”.
McMaster, who now works in media himself, weighed in today with a tweet that read: “Adam Goodes calls Australia Day invasion day … Deport him … If you don’t like it leave.”
The tweet was subsequently deleted but not before many people had taken offence, and let the 32 year-old know about it.
Four Four Two Australia editor, Kevin Airs, was particularly scathing, demanding that McMaster, who now plays for Heidelberg United, remove any reference to the magazine from his bio.
He followed up with: “That is an incredibly stupid and ignorant tweet, Griffin. I’m disappointed anyone in football would think like that.”
McMaster could receive an interesting reception when his side plays for the first time in the FFA Cup tonight against Broadmeadow Magic, which is based in Newcastle, deep inside the New South Wales state where Goodes plays his Australian rules football.
McMaster later came back to Twitter to offer an apology for any offence he may have caused.