Steve Thompson Wiki – Steve Thompson Biography
Football pundit Steve Thompson has been accused of making a homophobic comment days after being axed by the BBC.
He was handed a warning and told he won’t be on air again until next year after making three inappropriate comments within 20 minutes, which included describing a clash between players as ‘handbags’ on BBC Radio Lincolnshire during Lincoln City’s 1-0 win at Swindon Town on November 24.
He is 65 years old.
Steve Thompson Homophobic Comment
Thompson is being accused of making a homophobic comment on the air in a clip from September, in which he seemed to berate Lincoln City defender Lewis Montsma, 22, for being a male model, the Mirror reports.
In the clip, Thompson reportedly said: ‘I was looking through my “gay monthly” and I see he was a male model… I’m not sure I want a centre-back as a male model.’
Thompson had previously received a written warning about his use of language in 2018 and also referred to a player as a ‘drama queen’.
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Explaining its decision to suspend Thompson last week, the BBC said the term ‘handbags’ did not meet its standards.
The BBC added today: ‘He has been warned about his use of language before and the standards our listeners expect.
‘Given this, and his recent remarks, we’ve told Steve he won’t be on air again until he has completed some training.’
Bosses added that Thompson had acknowledged ‘some of his comments on air didn’t meet the standards we expect’ but said they would continue to use him as a freelance summarised in the New Year.
Fans reacted in outrage at the BBC’s decision, arguing using the well-known phrase ‘handbags’ did not merit Thompson’s immediate suspension.
Lincoln fan Bernard O’Mahoney, who is campaigning for Thompson’s reinstatement, said: ‘As any football fan knows, ‘handbags’ is an incredibly well-known saying.
‘I can’t begin to think who’d be offended by it. The BBC has lost touch with the public.’
‘Handbags’ is such a common term in sports commentary that it appears in the Collins Dictionary.
It is described as ‘an incident in which people, especially sportsmen, fight or threaten to fight, but without real intent to inflict harm’.