Former Australian politico Jeff Kennett should learn to watch his mouth.
The president of the Hawthorn Football Club and former premiere of Victoria will soon find himself in court for remarking that a local soccer team was right to fire bisexual trainer Ken Campagnolo. Campagnolo’s sexuality, said Kennett, made him comparable to a pedophile:
The club felt that once this had been pointed out and you had this gentleman there who was obviously close to young men – massaging young men – it ran an unnecessary risk, and that’s why it decided it was best that he not perform those duties again. So the club was trying to do the right thing.
When you are in charge of a group of young boys, as this club was, as I understand it, it’s got to make sure. It’s the same if you have a pedophile there as a masseur, right?
A lawyer for Campagnolo compared Kennett’s remarks to “inciting hate against gay men” and says the 60-year old simply wanted to plant fear in the minds of the kids’ parents.