Former Collingwood player Heritage Lumumba has said he has no intention of taking part in the club’s internal review over allegations of racism.
The 199-game player for Pais has claimed that he was called racist in his time with the club, and also had explosive allegations that he was called ‘Chimp’.
Lumumba has been adamant that coach Nathan Buckley has promised to remove such allegations from the AFL club.
He said he had mediated with Bakli for eight hours during this time and had “no desire” to be involved in the proposed internal “club integrity” process.
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Buckley’s comments came after two former Kolkata players were confirmed to know Lamumba’s nickname.
Premiership players Chris Dawes and Brent McAfee have come forward to support Lamumba and the versions of his events.
“The nickname” Chimp “and something like that is exactly what I think (his) nickname was, whenever I came to the football club in 2006,” Brent McAffer told SBS in The Feed.
Diaz told the program that he had heard the nickname “several times (several times)).
Lumumba’s claim was publicly supported in 2017 by former Magpies teammate Andrew Kraquier.
Buckley believes his character is being questioned but he is adamant that Lumumba could not be called a “chimp” during his career at Magpies.
“I only heard word of mouth that the nickname belonged to Heritage when he told me about it, it’s classified,” Bakley told reporters Wednesday.
Calling the narrative in caste
The moving line in Collingwood is being unveiled as racism is heard on and off the field more
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, AFL players have been on their knees before the Games to show support for the movement.
Current and former players have taken to airwaves and social media to widely criticize racism in games and society.
Carlton veteran Eddie Bates has questioned his AFL future as a result of gradual racism, but is determined to continue fighting for what he believes.
The Blues forward brings the latest in a long and constant line of provocative attacks described this month.
The 33-year-old considered whether to address the Twitter post to portray him as a monkey, but felt it was his duty to call for tough behavior as an indigenous role model.
“I was really angry and I wanted to set up something that was offensive, but that’s not my nature. I’m kind and I always like to give people a second chance and I always like to educate people, ”Bates told Fox Fukey on Tuesday night.
“Every day when I leave home I have to create barriers, thinking that I will be racially abused when I drive or go to the supermarket.
“All I want to do is train, play and enjoy the foot game.
“I am sick and tired of it, but I want the AFL to be a safe platform for any young indigenous child to come and enjoy and play without being racially abused.
“If I have to take the whole of this issue and try and educate people so that the platform is a safe place, I am happy to deal with the victims.
“It hurts deeply and if you think to yourself, ‘If I keep it, why do I keep playing with my feet’, I want to make a difference.
“The way to hit these guys is to play great feet and laugh and that’s what I like to do.”
Earlier this month, Swans superstar Lance Franklin took to Instagram to raise public awareness of the relatively large number of indigenous people imprisoned in Australia.
Franklin’s post mourned the treatment of Hawthorne star Chad Wingard, who was kicked to the ground during his arrest in Sydney earlier this week for treatment with an aboriginal young man.
– With agencies