Basketball legend Andrew Gaze is a surprise hit with footy fans thanks to his affable on-screen demeanour – but he shocked those viewers with a very X-rated gaffe on Sunday night.
The 57-year-old has made a seamless transition to television since retiring after a sterling 20-year career that included five Olympic games, earning high praise as an astute commentator on basketball around the world.
But it’s as one of four hosts of cult hit Fox Footy show Bounce where Gaze really shines, and enamours himself with fans young and old.
As the gentle, bumbling basketball legend sitting alongside footy greats Jason Dunstall and Cameron Mooney, Gaze provides a point of difference alongside more rugged figures as they discuss the good, bad, ugly and bizarre of each AFL round.
But the affable, bumbling manner took a turn in Sunday night’s episode as Gaze presented the show’s most popular segment ‘Turn It Up’, where the Boomers great rips into viral video stars.
Basketball legend Andrew Gaze has shocked fans after a surprising X-rated gaffe on live television
Appearing on on cult hit Fox Footy show ‘Bounce’, the 57-year-old accidentally blurted out ‘a competition to see who can take the biggest d**k?’, leaving his fellow hosts in stitches
A clip was shown of a man bizarrely testing how strong his testicles are by having a watermelon dropped on them from a significant height.
And Gaze described the situation in great detail as he led up to what will now go down as an iconic and infamous X-rated gaffe.
‘When it comes to pulling off those really gnarly stunts that are out there, it’s a lot better to leave it up to the young folk,’ he said.
‘Because the minds of the young folk haven’t fully developed. We know as males, the testicles are the most sensitive area. Why on earth would you ever want to test who has got the strongest testicles?’
‘Now there are certain things when you want to test the limits of what the human capacity is.
‘(But) having a competition to see who can take the biggest d**k?’
Gaze quickly corrects himself to say ‘biggest hit’, contorting his face into a mixture of surprise, disgust and hilarity, as Dunstall, Mooney and Bernie Vince dissolve into fits of laughter over his gaffe.
‘To see who can take the biggest hit to the aggotts is not a lot of fun,’ Gaze reiterates, as he tries to recover from the error.
Fans were both shocked and amused at the Freudian slip, with even fellow Aussie basketball great Andrew Bogut explaining his glee: ‘All makes sense now, Andrew Gaze’, the NBA star joked.
God I love Andrew Gaze … Always a crack up,’ wrote one fan, with a female fan joking: ‘Just want to know if sign ups have opened yet for the competition to take the biggest… um.’
Andrew Gaze with wife Belinda and children Courtney, Phoebe, Annie and Mason at home in Melbourne
The basketball legend, pictured coaching the Sydney Kings in 2018, is far from the first footy figure to make an X-rated gaffe
Gaze is far from the first figure in footy to make an accidental X-rated comment.
AFL great, legendary commentator Gerard Healy, went viral around the world when he famously combined Coast and Suns in an iconic blooper back in 2013.
Then Ex-Swans star turned Logie-winning breakfast presenter Tony Armstrong left fans in stitches when he referred to then-Aussie cricket skipper Tim Paine’s ‘bulging d**k’, instead of the bulging disc in his back.
That gaffe took on a life of its own when it was later discovered the married father had sent ‘d**k pics’ to a colleague at Cricket Tasmania, before he was subsequently axed as Aussie skipper.
Footy supremo Eddie McGuire was another to accidently slip c**t onto air, though he pretended he did say Port Adelaide legend Kane Cornes’ name instead of the rude word.
AFL broadcasters take note: it is obviously something that is a very real fear for footy figures in the media!