Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice has
been dumped by Jaguar over an anti-gay tweet.
The triple Olympic gold medalist
tweeted “Suck on that faggots” after the Australian rugby union
team, the Wallabies, pulled a come-from-behind victory against South
Africa's Springboks on Saturday.
The twenty-two-year old swimmer later
apologized, saying she “did not mean to cause offense,” and that
she had made her comment “in the excitement of the moment.”
“I did not mean to cause offense, and
I apologize,” Rice said in a statement. “I have deleted it from
The luxury car maker announced late
Monday that it had severed ties with Rice.
“Jaguar Australia today terminated
its relationship with Stephanie Rice, who has been an ambassador for
the Jaguar brand in Australia since the start of 2010,” Kevin
Goult, general manager for Jaguar Australia, said in a statement.
Openly gay Australian sports figures
disagreed on whether Rice is homophobic. Former rugby league star
Ian Roberts called her an “idiot,” but
Matthew Mitcham, the 22-year-old Olympic gold medal diver, came to
her defense, saying, “I know she's not homophobic because we
are good friends.”