Sunrise viewers outraged by Kochie's 'slavery' remark about Usain Bolt

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Sunrise presenter David ‘Kochie’ Koch has sparked quite a discussion on social media after he made a ‘slavery’ remark during a segment about Usain Bolt.

On Tuesday morning the 62-year-old TV host was joined on the panel alongside Sam Armytage, newsreader Natalie Barr and sports reporter Mark Beretta when talk of the Jamaican-born sports star was brought up. 

Beretta reported on the possibility of 32-year-old Bolt, who is currently playing at the Central Coast Mariners Football Club, being headhunted by Malta.

Sunrise presenter David ‘Kochie’ Koch has sparked quite a discussion on social media after he made a ‘slavery’ remark during a segment about Usain Bolt. Source: Channel Seven

So the Mariners sell him for money, they make a lot of money out of it?” asked Kochie. 

“It’s a win-win: You keep him, great. You sell him, so be it. That’s the tough world of professional football,” Beretta then said.

“Who said slavery was over — anyway. No,” said Kochie, which led to a rather awkward cut away to the other hosts.

Viewers took to Twitter to express their outrage over the remark.

Photo: Getty

Did Kochie really just make a slavery joke? @sunriseon7 #sunrise,” one person tweeted.

Just watched 10 seconds of @sunriseon7 and Kochie nearly blurted out some kind of slavery joke? What the hell dude?,” wrote another.

After the segment aired, Kochie admitted his comment was “clumsily put”.

“On Sunrise this morning we were talking about how good it is for Bolt and the Mariners at news he was getting offers from European clubs,” he told Yahoo Lifestyle.




“Basically the use of the word slavery is a reference I’ve used to defend players who want to trade clubs or change jobs in sport…  that you can’t keep them… it’s a free world. There’s no slavery any more. People have rights.

“I admit it was clumsily put this morning when talking about Bolt shifting clubs so early and I should have explained it better.”



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