Israel Dagg apologises for offensive tweet

Last updated 14:12 16/06/2013
Israel Dagg
All Black Israel Dagg has apologised for this tweet (above).

Relevant offers

All Blacks

Former All Blacks have their say on who will win the British and Irish Lions series The Beauden Barrett show rumbles on as Hurricanes No 10 takes game to new level Is Warren Gatland the right man to lead the British and Irish Lions? New Zealand Maori set to feature All Blacks for match against British and Irish Lions All Black great Sean Fitzpatrick sees major challenge coming from dangerous Lions Wallabies coach Michael Cheika backing All Blacks over Lions, says series could send them to another level Lions coach Warren Gatland believes tough tour schedule can work in their favour All Blacks defeats to Ireland, England part of Lions coach Warren Gatland's motivational fuel Former All Black Nick Evans says quality Lions lineup can push New Zealand Can the All Blacks sweep the floor with the British and Irish Lions?

All Black Israel Dagg has apologised for the use of a homophobic slur on twitter.

At 10.33am Dagg used the word "fag" in a tweet to Auckland Blues player Brendon O'Connor.

After the comment caused a large online response he apologised for poor "choice of word."

"Wrong choice of word people don't let it ruin ya Sunday, keep smiling," he Tweeted.

Labour MP and former Black Ferns representative, Louisa Wall, was disappointed with Dagg's use of the derogatory word. 

As Kiwi role models All Black players have a responsibility to not use language that marginalises groups of society, Wall said.

"They fail to recognise the responsibility they have as leaders in New Zealand society, and the influence they have on a whole generation not only of young people, but they represent all New Zealanders now," she said.

Wall wants to work with the New Zealand Rugby Union to help players understand the importance and influence of the way they behave.

"Specifically for leaders such as the All Blacks, because they are so much more powerful and there is a whole generation of young people who look up to them and will embody what they communicate," she said.

 "We want them to be the champion of inclusiveness. They represent all of us, not just some of us."

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best-performed All Blacks forward on the northern tour?

Dane Coles

Nathan Harris

Keven Mealamu

Wyatt Crockett

Charlie Faumuina

Ben Franks

Owen Franks

Joe Moody

Brodie Retallick

Luke Romano

Jeremy Thrush

Patrick Tuipulotu

Sam Whitelock

Sam Cane

Jerome Kaino

Richie McCaw

Liam Messam

Kieran Read

Vitor Vito

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content