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US journalist forced to apologise to Australia – after eating meat pie with knife and fork


ESPN sports reporter Darren Rovell had tweeted a video of himself cutting a Four’N Twenty pie into quarters after basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers announced they would be selling the much-loved Aussie food icon at their games next season.

One of the team’s players Ben Simmons is from Melbourne, while the team’s coach Brett Brown spent more than a decade coaching in Australia.

But despite his positive review, the clip prompted widespread outrage from Australians on Twitter.

Even the police got involved, with the Queensland cops tweeting: “Steady on, you could get cautioned for treating a meat pie like that.”

The backlash was enough for Mr Rovell to extend his “sincere apologies” on Twitter: “I am sorry to all Australians for my lack of understanding on how to eat a meat pie.”

Too right. He didn’t even put tomato sauce on.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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