During the game of England’s six nations against Wales, rugby star Joe Marler fondled the groin area of Welsh, Alun Wyn Jon, in order to distract him. The camera caught the illegal move before cutting back to the studio, where Thomas was proving analysis of the match.
Thomas then joked that if “this had happened in his time, he would have never retired”. Though the remark drew laughter in the studio, online it caused a rift between people thinking it was simply a joke and people thinking Thomas made light of unwanted touching of someone’s genitalia and that Marler should face consequences for sexual harassment.
The backlash made Thomas recant, stating “to the very small minority of people, I apologize”. No words on the disciplinary actions to be taken against Marler.