Joe Wheeler: New Zealand rugby commentator apologises for mimicking Kazuki Himeno’s accent

Joe Wheeler beforehand performed rugby within the Jap Excessive League

A Modern Zealand rugby commentator has apologised after mimicking a Jap participant’s accent following a Sensible Rugby Aotearoa sport.

Talking after the Otago Highlanders’ 33-12 victory over Canterbury Crusaders, Joe Wheeler highlighted the efficiency of Highlanders and Japan flanker Kazuki Himeno.

He adopted a fake Jap accent, with social media customers labelling him “immature”, “racist” and “disgusting”.

He later admitted he had “stuffed up”.

“I’ve spoken with [Himeno] and apologised to him and the Highlanders and our Sky crew,” Wheeler mentioned on Twitterexterior-link.

“I totally catch proper here is no longer the similar outdated anticipated of the sideline team of workers. I’ve bought some work to achieve clearly, nonetheless I’m totally dedicated to doing increased.”

Himeno mentioned on Twitterexterior-link he accredited Wheeler’s apology.

Wheeler’s actions have been condemned by Sky Modern Zealand chief govt Sophie Moloney, who mentioned the group “will defend striving to replicate and admire all individuals in our neighborhood”.

Wheeler is a feeble Highlanders forward who additionally performed for Suntory Sungoliath within the Jap Excessive League till 2020.

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