‘Those are jokes… what YOU said was sexist’: Fans turn on disgraced Richard Keys after he bizarrely shared a month-old clip of Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards joking with presenter Kate Abdo on his friendship with Thierry Henry
- Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has been slammed for appearing to accuse Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards of sexist behavior on CBS Sports
- Keys was sacked by Sky in 2011 after he and his TV partner Andy Gray were heard making sexist comments off the air in a number of leaked tapes.
- The 65-year-old insists Carragher and Richards behave the same way
- Carragher and Richards could be seen joking on air with CBS presenter Kate Abdo about his friendship with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry last month
- Keys has been slammed by fans for comparing the incident to his Sky scandal
Richard Keys has been slammed by fans on social media for appearing to accuse Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards of the same sexist behavior that saw him sacked by Sky.
Keys and his longtime TV partner Andy Gray were removed from broadcasting duties on Sky Sports in 2011 after the pair were heard making a series of off-air sexist comments in publicly leaked tapes.
The first leaked recording included derogatory comments aimed at official wife Sian Massey, as well as West Ham Vice President Karren Brady, before later clips also show them behaving inappropriately around other colleagues.
Sky made the decision to part ways with Keys and Gray in January 2011, but the now beIN SPORTS duo remain adamant they fell victim to a “trick”.
Now Keys has sparked controversy again by comparing his and Gray’s scandal to comments made by Carragher and Richards on-air for US broadcaster CBS Sports last month.
The former Premier League stars can be seen joking with presenter Kate Abdo in a particular clip uploaded, where they taunt their colleague over his friendship with pundit Thierry Henry.
Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has been slammed for appearing to accuse Jamie Carragher (second right) and Micah Richards (right) of sexist behavior on CBS Sports
Keys (R) and Andy Gray (L) were sacked by Sky in 2011 for making sexist comments off the air
But Keys claims a clip of Carragher and Richards on CBS shows the same behavior still exists
After asking how Thierry compares to other star names she has interviewed, Abdo described the Arsenal legend as “just a friend”, prompting a humorous reaction from Carragher and Richards.
We hear the latter say: “What kind of friend?
But Keys clearly didn’t find the exchange amusing, taking to Twitter to liken it to his scandal and apparently accuse Carragher and Richards of sexism.
The 65-year-old tweeted the month-old clip and wrote: ‘After getting myself into a lot of trouble – much of it on my own – I was really surprised to find this kind of behavior is apparently acceptable in a television studio these days.’
However, fans were quick to turn to Keys for trying to stitch up the popular pundits, telling the disgraced presenter it was nothing like the many incidents that cost him his job at Sky.
One wrote: “Not remotely similar. Sorry.’
Richards and Carragher poked fun at CBS presenter and friend Kate Abdo on air last month
Abdo (L) was teased by the couple talking about his friendship with Thierry Henry (R)
Another posted: ‘Richard they are homies. What you are witnessing here could actually be described as a “joke” whereas what you said could be described as sexist, hope this helps clear things up.
A third commented: ‘The fact that you think it’s the same thing is the really worrying part.
A fourth pointed out: “Context is everything. Thierry is friends with her”.
While one of them simply concluded: “You really haven’t learned anything from your mistakes”.
Keys and Gray were forced to defend themselves earlier this month after being hit with new allegations of sexism by presenter Gabby Logan.
In her memoir, which was serialized by the Mail on Sunday, Logan accused the couple of joking about refusing to have sex with pregnant women in front of her when she was expecting twins in 2005.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to slam Keys for comparing his scandal to the CBS joke
Keys and Gray were recently hit with new allegations of sexism by former colleague Gabby Logan
Nonetheless, both men strongly deny the claims, with Keys lashing out at their former colleague while calling her allegations “nonsense”.
He wrote in his long blog post“How sad that someone I haven’t seen in 30 years – and for whom I’ve done all I can to help kick-start their career – feels the need to take the good option market and inaccurate by messing with me – along with virtually everyone in the industry (including, it seems, the entire Sky company) – in his forthcoming autobiography.
“Producers, directors, cameramen, sound technicians, statisticians – everyone it seems – either belittled her or tried to block Gabby Logan’s career. Except they didn’t have not done. In fact, I can’t think of anyone who was more ahead.
‘Let me say this. I have already dealt with the incidents surrounding my resignation from Sky. I repeat – resignation. I was not fired. I took my share of responsibility for what happened. It’s high time to move on.
‘They gave [Logan] the nickname ‘Gabbler’. She always had an awful lot to say – not a lot of very complimentary things. If you don’t mind, I find it very sad to read Logan’s smear serialization.
But Keys defended himself and Gray while calling Logan’s claims ‘nonsense’ and ‘very sad’.