Mundine anthem stoush against Jess Mauboy
TERRITORY songbird Jessica Mauboy has inadvertently entered the ring with notorious boxer Anthony Mundine, as he kicks up a stink about having to sing the Australian anthem.
Ahead of his blockbuster rematch against Danny Green in Adelaide on Friday night, Mundine has raised eyebrows for refusing to stand and sing Advance Australia Fair prior to the bout.
“I don’t think it’s right. I don’t think it’s just for my people … so I would not like to see it played,” he said yesterday.
“I’m a man who stands against wrongs and that’s a big wrong in our country and I can’t stand for something I don’t believe in.”
He previously said he was “surprised” the anthem was being sung by Mauboy, who hails from Darwin and is of indigenous heritage.
“That surprised me … but I can’t talk for Jess,” Mundine said. “She might not have researched or know the actual facts around the anthem. If she wants to do that that’s on her but I want to educate black and white people.”
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The TV broadcast boss of Friday’s showdown is embroiled in a bitter stand-off with agent Khoder Nasser over the controversy.
Fox Sports’ Steve Crawley, who is in charge of the program, phoned Nasser yesterday to address Mundine’s threat of sitting down during the anthem and his criticism of Mauboy.
“I’ve spoken to Khoder Nasser and he doesn’t want Anthony in the ring when the anthem is performed,” Crawley said.
“We’ll continue to talk over the next few days but the way I figure it is that if you go to an NRL or AFL grand final, the athletes are on the field when the anthem is performed.”
Crawley denied the controversy was a Mundine ploy to sell tickets.
And it was his decision to approach Mauboy to sing the anthem.
“We picked Jessica Mauboy because … she’s such a magic talent. It had nothing to do with her being indigenous.
“Jess has been great — she’s going to go through and do it. We won’t let her or the fans down.”
Mauboy herself was unavailable for comment yesterday despite repeated attempts.
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