SAS Australia: Lauren Phillips blasts Seven for casting Wayne Carey

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Melbourne radio presenter Lauren Phillips has criticised Channel Seven for giving AFL champion Wayne Carey a shot at redemption on SAS Australia.

The former Weekend Today weather presenter, 35, said the North Melbourne legend, 50, shouldn’t be ‘getting oxygen on television’ given his history of ‘abusing’ women.

‘I personally really struggle with Wayne Carey being glorified for some of the things he’s done,’ Phillips said on KIIS 101.1’s Jase & Lauren in the Morning. 

'How do people like this keep getting oxygen?' Radio presenter Lauren Phillips has criticised Channel Seven for giving AFL champion Wayne Carey a shot at redemption on SAS Australia

‘How do people like this keep getting oxygen?’ Radio presenter Lauren Phillips has criticised Channel Seven for giving AFL champion Wayne Carey a shot at redemption on SAS Australia

‘Whichever way you put it, even though he’s admitting fault and he’s talking about it, he’s still being glorified and being paid money to go on a show to talk about some of the things he’s done in his life,’ she added.

‘How do people like this keep getting oxygen on television?’

Phillips went on to question whether Carey should’ve been paid to discuss his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens.

‘It seems to be only footballers that get away with this stuff,’ she said.

Problematic: The former Weekend Today weather presenter, 35, said Carey, 50, (pictured on SAS Australia) shouldn't be'getting oxygen on television' given his history of'abusing' women

Problematic: The former Weekend Today weather presenter, 35, said Carey, 50, (pictured on SAS Australia) shouldn’t be ‘getting oxygen on television’ given his history of ‘abusing’ women 

‘You shouldn’t be glorified for it, and it actually makes my blood boil and I’ve struggled watching him on television [as an AFL commentator] for many years because of that and I won’t be watching SAS.’

Phillips has close ties to the AFL community, having dated retired Geelong Cats player Gary Ablett Jr. for seven years until their split in 2010.

It comes after Carey opened up about his ‘abusive’ past and addressed his infamous affair with his best mate’s wife on Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia.

The Kangaroos legend said ‘you don’t actually have to hit someone to be abusive’ and admitted to mental intimidation in his past relationships.

After failing one of the show’s challenges, Wayne was pulled into an interrogation with the directing staff and spoke about his sordid personal life.

Confession time: It comes after Carey opened up about his'abusive' past and addressed his infamous affair with his best mate's wife on Tuesday's episode of SAS Australia

Confession time: It comes after Carey opened up about his ‘abusive’ past and addressed his infamous affair with his best mate’s wife on Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia

Chief instructor Ant Middleton said that despite being one of Australia’s most celebrated football players, Carey had left behind a ‘trail of destruction’.

Carey detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens.

His revelation shocked Middleton, 41, as Carey said: ‘It’s haunted me for over 20 years. I was in self-destruction mode. You know, I guess my life started to unravel.’

The sports star was married to Sally McMahon at the time, and Anthony had even acted as a groomsman at their wedding just a year earlier.

Former friends: He detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens (right). Pictured together after the AFL grand final in Melbourne in 1996

Former friends: He detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens (right). Pictured together after the AFL grand final in Melbourne in 1996

Carey later issued a public apology to his former best friend in 2016, insisting the affair had been a one-night only event.

Following the scandal, he left his footy club and struck up a relationship with model Kate Neilson, whom he later proposed to, but things soon went from bad to worse.

He was arrested and charged by Miami police while on holiday with Kate after she alleged he smashed a wine glass on her face at dinner, cutting her mouth and neck.

Bad to worse: Following the highly publicised affair, Wayne left his AFL club and began dating model Kate Neilson, whom he later proposed to, but things soon went from bad to worse

Bad to worse: Following the highly publicised affair, Wayne left his AFL club and began dating model Kate Neilson, whom he later proposed to, but things soon went from bad to worse

Police were called to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at around midnight on October 27, 2007, where they found Carey asleep.

According to the police report, Carey appeared drunk when they woke him, and he lashed out, kicking one officer in the mouth and elbowing another in the face.

He was then taken to Miami-Dade County jail and charged with assaulting a public servant, resisting an officer with violence and aggravated battery.

Carey later pleaded guilty to two counts of battery of a law enforcement officer and one count of resisting arrest with violence.

Charged: He was arrested and charged by Miami police while on holiday with Kate after she alleged he smashed a wine glass on her face at dinner, cutting her mouth and neck. Pictured: Carey and Neilson outside court in Miami, Florida, on October 14, 2008

Charged: He was arrested and charged by Miami police while on holiday with Kate after she alleged he smashed a wine glass on her face at dinner, cutting her mouth and neck. Pictured: Carey and Neilson outside court in Miami, Florida, on October 14, 2008

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