Sport

Aker talks himself out of the Mix

Jason Akermanis
Jason Akermanis

AUSSIE Rules motormouth Jason Akermanis has been dropped by Sunshine Coast radio station Mix 92.7FM after he used his debut segment yesterday to criticise the deceased AFL legend Jim Stynes.

Earlier in the week former Brownlow medallist Stynes lost his three-year battle with cancer, prompting an outpouring of grief from the footballing community.

>> Latest sport news

However former Brisbane Lion Akermanis yesterday told the Mix FM presenters Caroline Hutchinson and Mark Darin that Stynes was "no saint" and the reaction to his death was over the top.

During the AFL season Akermanis was to have a weekly segment in which he would give Mix listeners his tips, but the station yesterday terminated the agreement.

Akermanis described Stynes as a great of a game and applauded him for his charity work, but sandwiched those comments in between a scathing attack on the Demons great.

The outspoken Akermanis yesterday issued a statement calling his comments stupid and insensitive.

However he had already stirred up a hornet's nest by describing Stynes as a "nasty man".

"It was like he was some kind of demigod or something," Akermanis told Mix FM.

"Jim was no saint. Way too much overkill. Jim was a nice guy. The truth is I knew Jim when we were playing against Ireland, his home country.

"He lived in Australia for 20-plus years and he was a nasty man in his day. He had a nice turn of phrase and he made sure you knew what he felt.

"He was a legend of the game, he did a great job, he did wonderful things with kids, but there are a bunch of other people who have done just as much and they don't get any recognition.

"I just think it's a bit out of kilter. But that being said he got a state funeral. Do all footballers get state funerals? There's something about it that just made me feel uncomfortable. I thought 'Jim's good but is he that good?'"

Irish-born Stynes played an AFL record 244 consecutive games, was a Brownlow Medal winner and president of the Melbourne club.

When he retired he devoted himself to working with disenfranchised youth through his charity the Reach Foundation.

Mix 92.7 FM's parent company Southern Cross Austereo yesterday severed ties with Akermanis as a result of his comments.

"Mix 92.7 believes the comments were in poor taste and a disservice to the incredible legacy of Jim Stynes and the outpouring of grief Australia wide," Southern Cross Austereo general manager John Williams said.

Topics:  jason akermanis jim stynes


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Road to be completely closed for works

Fifteen week road upgrade program begins

How a stranger saved a toddler from drowning

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Former Lismore local, Nige Smth rescued a New Caledonian toddler from drowning in the Brunswick River on January 17.

He was just waiting for his fish and chips, but now he's a hero

Safety top priority this Australia Day

Keep safe this Australia Day

Additional officers on the ground, on the water, in the air

Local Partners

Byron woman's boyfriend testifies during Bali murder trial

BYRON Bay's Sara Connor, along with her British DJ boyfriend David Taylor is facing charges of murder, fatal group assault or assault leading to death.

Comedian Damien Power becomes big hit on The Project

BIG NAME: Toowoomba comedian Damien Power will perform his new show Utopia at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March.

The Toowoomba comedian is preparing for his most hilarious show yet

Melbourne band goes from busking to Byron stage

VISITING: Woodlock will play the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, later this month.

Woodlock brings their new single, Something Broke That Day

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has died

Gorden Kaye, pictured in Brisbane in 2007, found fame as a cafe owner Rene Artois in the iconic British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo!

ACTOR Gorden Kaye, from BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died.

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!