Warrington coach Steve Price condemned for using ‘hurtful, derogatory’ language

Former St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has been condemned by his club, the Warrington Wolves, for using “hurtful and derogatory” language in a post-match interview.

Price was interviewed in the wake of Warrington’s 44-18 Super League win when he was asked who his standout performer was.

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The coach replied: “Ellis Longstaff. He reminds me a bit of John Bateman with his mong strength. I was really pleased with all the young fellas.”

The term “mong” is an offensive term used to describe people with learning difficulties or special needs.

Steve Price, head coach of Warrington WolvesSource:Getty Images

Sky Sports released an apology live on air and Warrington later put out a statement distancing themselves from Price’s remarks.

Price also apologised in his post-match press conference with written media.

“The club acknowledges the hurtful and derogatory language used by head coach Steve Price during tonight’s post-match Sky Sports interview,” the statement read.

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“The term is wholly unacceptable and its usage has no place in the sport or society.

“Steve has since apologised, expressing his extreme regret and disappointment and corrected his remarks in his post-match press conference.

“The club will make no further comment and the matter will be dealt with internally.”

The former Dragons coach looks set to return to Australia after agreeing to leave Warrington at the end of this season.

Originally published asEx-NRL coach slammed over ugly on-air slur

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