I would love to hear, though, any thoughts you might have about these:
1) Would there have been as much fuss had it not been Hayden who said that about Harbhajan, but some Indian player who has, for example, played Ranji Trophy against Harbhajan? Consider that there have been incidents in Ranji Trophy matches where players have gone after each other with stumps. It seems likely that they also yelled names at each other.
2) Is an insult from an Australian cricketer to an Indian cricketer assumed to be an insult to all Indians? Why? Is an insult from one Indian cricketer to another Indian cricketer assumed to be an insult to all Indians? Why?
3) How is Hayden's use of "obnoxious weed" significantly different from any of these:
- Raj Thackeray saying in public about "outsiders" that they "come and spread filth" in Bombay.
- Columnists and politicians publicly referring to people whose ideology differs from their own, or who merely think differently, as "traitors" and "anti-nationals".
- Bloggers publicly calling other bloggers "bastard" or "sicko", "congenital idiot" or "prize ass". Or worse.
- Aamir Khan referring to Salman Khan in a newspaper interview as "unprofessional" and refusing to work with him ever again, which apparently happened after they did work in a film together.
- Harbhajan saying "Teri maa ki ..." to an Australian cricketer.
5) Is it possible Hayden thinks Harbhajan is from Sweden, and so actually said "obnoxious Swede"?