Netball bosses question NSW Swift star Samantha Wallace-Joseph over online transgender comment – Sports News (Trending Perfect)


NSW Super Netball shooter Samantha Wallace-Joseph Swift has apologized for a social media post about trans people, saying any upset she caused to the LGBTQ+ community was unintentional.

Wallace Joseph shared an Instagram headline insinuating that US President Joe Biden has declared Easter Sunday as Transgender Visibility Day, adding the caption: “Lack of respect is crazy. Don't play with God.”

Swift shooter Sam Wallace Joseph.

Swift shooter Sam Wallace GT

The White House sparked controversy when it declared March 31 to be Transgender Visibility Day. Coincidentally, the date fell on Easter Sunday this year, angering many who accused the president of exploiting a Christian holiday to promote transgender rights.

Trinidad and Tobago international Wallace Joseph met with Swift officials about the issue on Tuesday and issued a joint statement with the club late on Tuesday night.

“It was not my intention to upset or disrespect anyone, and while I feel my post was taken out of context, I did not clearly say what I meant,” she said.

“I didn’t want to cause any offense to members of the transgender community, and obviously I did, and I’m sorry for that.”

Cath Tetley, Swift's executive general manager, said the club was committed “to being a safe and inclusive place for everyone”.

“We are also committed to the continuing education required to ensure there is a shared understanding among all the cultures and communities that make up SWIFT,” she said.

Netball Australia is still investigating whether the post breached the sport's code of conduct, which specifically states that “participants must not mix professional and personal use of social media in ways that could bring NA, netball, SSN or MO To reputation.”



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