Politics and Sport: Not a Goodes Look

I am calling BS on Adam Goodes and the politically correct and biased documentary making him out to be a victim of racism.

Special mention to Jupes who has already covered this topic brilliantly as I share most, if not all his main views but hopefully add a slightly different perspective at the margins.

With the outpouring of virtue signalling scorn from the hashtag pulpit condemning Australians as racist, calls from the Player’s Association for the documentary to be included in an already dumbed down, over-crowded progressive school curriculum, and the expectant AFL social justice finger waving response to come, I feel it my duty to stand with Jupes (a hashtag if ever there was one) in calling this out for what it is.

Before I get into the Goodes matter, I want to make a general point it is high time our sporting codes stopped playing identity politics and focussed instead on their core business of sport. Some things should be left alone from politics and sport is one of them.

Other than encouraging the benefits of healthy exercise, good sportsmanship, team spirit and respect for the umpires, I have zero tolerance for sporting organisations engaging in partisan political and social causes with all the associated dogma and propaganda.

I have had enough of political virtue signalling infecting every second round of AFL, which I suspect also infects the other codes, especially when I look at rugby and the hypocritical punishment of Israel Folau for voicing his religious faith as a private citizen.

The other night aboriginal footballers refused to sing the national anthem at a state of origin NRL match in political protest, presumably against colonisation, without which they would not be highly paid, emotionally spoiled man-children with a grievance.

The governing NRL body didn’t have a problem with this protest. Apparently offending mainstream Australia and trashing Australian history at their place of work didn’t contravene workplace diversity and inclusion clauses in their respective workplace agreements. Go figure.

Apologies for digressing, but seriously how dumb were these guys in trying to draw attention to not singing the national anthem that the majority of players don’t sing anyway, presumably out of embarrassment, but certainly not for political reasons. Had they not made their announced their protest in advance no-one would have noticed.

Why isn’t Peter Beatie applying the same employment standard to aboriginal protestors as he did to the religious preacher?

If anyone can explain how an employee using his workforce platform to agitate divisive, personal, political beliefs is fine, but an employee (or potential employee) expressing his religious beliefs as a private citizen, in his own time, on his own platform (i.e. church), is a sackable offence (RU) or obstacle to employment (NRL) I would love to know the difference.

All of which contextualises and brings me to the main subject of this rather long post about Adam Goodes and a new documentary about his tumultuous final years as a footballer during which he was perpetually booed by opposition fans everywhere.

To say the racist narrative is complete rubbish is an understatement that ignores the fact that Goodes played for 14 seasons prior to 2013 without ever being booed, and in that 14 years he was a celebrated player that won the Brownlow Medal twice, was a two time premiership player, was an All Australian on four occasions, and was voted the AFL rising star in his second year as an AFL footballer.

It also ignores the fact that amongst the most popular and celebrated footballers of 2013 many were indigenous, including his soon to to be teammate Buddy Franklin playing that year for Hawthorn, fellow Hawthorn legends Cyril Rioli and Shuan Burgoyne, Adelaide superstar Eddie Betts, Essendon and later Port Adelaide all Australian Patrick Ryder, and 2013 Port Adelaide all Australian star Chad Wingard to name a few.

To believe that Goodes was a victim of endemic racism directed at aboriginals is thus to engage in fantasy. This is not to say that Goodes has never been on the receiving end of a racist remark or that such a remark can’t be hurtful. But who hasn’t been at one time or another?

Which is to say that most of us have been on the receiving end of an insult for being fat or skinny, having a big nose or elephant ears, being a four eyes, being “unco” at sport, being gay or labeled gay, having a disability or deformity, being religious or not religious, or for being Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Kiwi, Pom or whatever. Indigenous Australians don’t have a monopoly on hurt feelings, being insulted, and offended.

The bottom line is that there are endless ways to slur and hurt someone if that is your want, and consequently there are endless ways to be insulted or offended if that is how you choose to respond. It would be nice if morons and bullies didn’t exist but they do. That doesn’t make Australia a racist nation.

Most of us accept that the world is not a perfect place. There will always be a small number of horrible people. It is a fact of life and something we learn how to cope with, building resilience and toughening our sensibilities such that we don’t let nasty people define who we are or how we live.

This is to say that mainstream Australians sensibly reject identity politics and contrary to the moral posturing of organisations like the HRC they sharply differentiate between isolated cases of individual idiots versus systemic and normalised racism and bigotry running through a particular community or society.

It is in this context that it takes a fair stretch of the imagination to consider Goodes a victim of endemic racism across Australian football fields. He didn’t have to sit at the back of the team bus and last I checked there were no racially segregated dressing rooms or bathrooms at the SCG or any other AFL football ground.

To the contrary Goodes, as mentioned above, was one of the most decorated players in AFL history and in 2013 one of the highest paid stars, not to mention also enjoying commercial sponsorships that most players could only dream about.

So why was Goodes booed in his final year and half as a player?

As Jupes pointed out, it all comes back to a fateful day on 24 May 2013, in which he made a very public stance against alleged racism, against a supporter of the Collingwood football club. Only there were two big problems with his very public stance.

One, the alleged “racist” was in fact a disadvantaged 13 year old girl who had no idea her “ape” comments were racist, and hence had even less idea what was happening to her, being as she was evicted from the ground, detained by police, and publicly shamed by Goodes as the “face” of Australian racism.

Two, it wreaked of opportunistic overreach by a player in the twilight of his career hoping to capitalise on identity politics for a post-football career rooted in indigenous activism, which he subsequently did becoming an indigenous ambassador for David Jones among other indigenous pursuits.

In my opinion, Goodes was judged by the football public as a bully and an opportunist and that is by and large why he was booed.

That he also petulantly refused to take any personal responsibility for the adverse public reaction he generated simply added grist to the mill. Here was a guy that from a position of power and privilege could dish it out to a disadvantaged 13 year girl but could’t hack the public blowback that followed.

I also believe Goodes was overwhelmingly viewed by the football public as a fake. Here was a player vehemently prosecuting anti-racism in football long after the racial battles had been fought and won by true indigenous heroes two decades earlier.

Goodes played AFL in an era in which racial sledging on the field, or by spectators off (barring the odd idiot) had already been stamped out thanks to the brave stances taken by indigenous players Michael Long and Nicky Winmar in the 1990’s.

These players genuinely suffered repeated and arguably systemic racial abuse during their playing careers and when they confronted the AFL and society at large it was genuinely courageous and was a heartfelt reproach to attitudes of the time.

In short, Long and Winmar challenged a racial (and other) sledging culture that was widely accepted in Australia as a legitimate tactic for gaining competitive advantage over an opponent. In the rough and tumble, zero sum nature of professional sport, community standards  of decency and respect were allowed to be set aside on the sporting field.

While the acceptance of racial sledging was never formally endorsed, it was nonetheless given license by an apathetic “what goes on the field stays on the field” AFL mentality that subsequently was manifested in how umpires officiated, tribunals punished, clubs defended, media reported and ultimately how fans behaved.

Which is to say that when Long and Winmar took on the AFL to clean up its act they also challenged Australian society to clean up their act as well. To go against the prevailing culture and risk the ire of the football establishment, the media and the public takes genuine intestinal fortitude and a steadfast commitment to ones beliefs.

For these reasons Long and Winmar are celebrated not only by the fans of their respective clubs, but by the football community as a whole, as champion players and champion people that left an indelible mark on their sport, on and off the field, that changed racial attitudes and sporting culture right across the nation for the better.

Goodes comes up embarrassingly short in comparison being the woke agitator against racism when systemic casual racism in the AFL no longer existed.

Contrary to Long and Winmar he played out his career in the era of reverse racism where his aboriginal heritage was singled out for special celebration – the Indigenous Round – once a year. His activism wasn’t courage. It was political bandwagoning from a progressive safe space pandering to Left elites.

Goodes didn’t take on the power centres of the AFL –  the Commission, the tribunal system, the clubs, the media, the fans –  he instead played a crushing hand against a disadvantaged 13 year girl who didn’t even understand what she had said.

If Goodes had an ounce of self awareness and a fraction of an ounce of humility and compassion he would have apologised to the 13 year girl he shamelessly belittled, and softened his stance without undermining the message he wanted to convey. He should have learned from that experience.

Instead Goodes decided to double down on his truculent approach to identity politics in his capacity as Australian of the Year. This is what ultimately sealed Goodes fate.

Fact is, Goodes was an extremely poor choice for Australian of the Year, largely undeserving, consequently absent a platform, and being a somewhat reserved man hopelessly equiped to handle the media spotlight that came with the job.

In my opinion his award was pure politics, largely symbolic and a sop to indigenous Australians in a year in which activism for recognition in the constitution was running high.

Lets be honest. Goodes wasn’t exactly in career best form in the year leading up to his Australian of the Year award. He managed just 12 out of 25 possible matches, sidelined for the latter part of the year with injuries, poling just 4 Brownlow votes from two matches. Hardly a year to celebrate his prowess on the football field.

His only claim to fame that year was thus throwing the aforementioned 13 year old school girl under a bus as the Australian “face” of racism.

For that callous act he was rewarded by a clueless Abbot Government as being an “inspiration“, a “role model“, and lauded as an “eminent citizen”,  “shaping our nation”, these being the platitudes that pass for selection criteria for Australian of the Year.

Incidentally, if there is one gap indigenous Australians don’t need to close it is Australian of the Year, being disproportionally high winners. Over the past 25 years, 20% of winners have been indigenous from a population making up less than 3% of the national total.

In the misguided pursuit of political optics the Abbott Government inadvertently threw Goodes to the wolves. He had no cause to run on other than a confected and hence divisive anti-racism platform, the events of which had already shown Goodes to be totally out of his depth.

To his rescue came the indigenous industry complex. He was already being cultivated as an asset prior to 2014, so it was only natural that faced with the daunting demands of being Australian of the Year he would look to the industry as a lifeline. He has publicly acknowledged this.

This was plainly evident in his cringe worthy acceptance speech that falsely denigrated Australia as a racist nation and perpetuated the myth that a multimillion dollar decorated sports star was a victim. At the 1 minute, 40 second mark he actually parroted the “racism stops with me” campaign slogan as it were a personal reflection.

Watching a grown man reduced to a puppet was embarrassing. It was also a sign of what was coming next. Two months and one film later later our Australian of the Year was a card carrying member of the postcolonial club of post modernists and neo-marxists who was no longer proud to be Australian.

He stated:

Utopia has shown me how, over 225 years, the Europeans, and now the governments that run our country, have raped, killed and stolen from my people for their own benefit. The total injustices that have been played out since colonisation are absolutely shameful, and I now find it hard to say I am proud to be Australian.

For a man TAFE educated in Indigenous Studies for two years, his shock from watching a two hour propaganda film demonstrated either a critical lack of knowledge or a critical lack of critical thinking but either way an indictment on the TAFE sector. That said, lets be honest it would probably have been the same or worse had he gone to a university.

Now at this moment, being no longer proud to be an Australian, a man of integrity would have turned in his award. Not Adam Goodes.

Instead, he chose to besmirch it brow beating Australians as racists for not embracing his ignorant, false and biased historical narrative. Appalled that Australians were silent about a propaganda film, Goodes himself remained silent on the endemic violence and misogyny that is littered throughout indigenous history.

The radicalisation of Adam Goodes reached high farce in May of 2015 during the Sydney versus Carlton match at the SCG during the “Indigenous Round”.

As the name suggests the “Indigenous Round” is an annual event in the AFL fixture that recognises and celebrates the contributions of past and present indigenous players. All teams wear a special indigenous jumper designed by an indigenous artist. The centre circle is typically painted out as the indigenous flag. The games start with welcome to country ceremonies. It celebrates indigenous culture.

According to Adam Goodes this is the racist cesspit that he was forced to play in week in week out, and hence upon kicking his first goal in the second quarter of the match he ran 40 metres towards the boundary line to confront the Carlton cheer squad with an indigenous war dance culminating in the symbolic spearing of the opposition fans.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that inciting opposition fans with racial war cries is contrary to the inclusive spirit of the round. At half time the perplexed Carlton fans who were under the misguided impression they were attending a match promoting unity and tolerance found themselves deluged by police and security officials.

This single act of stupidity cost him whatever patience the public had left. From that round on the booing intensified and became entrenched. He had sealed his fate and sadly he played out his last season a broken man.

The tragedy of Adam Goodes is that he has never understood how toxic the game of identity politics really is. It is not about advancing tolerance or mutual respect, it is about fostering social division in the name of power. And because it is all about politically capitalising on division it is completely disinterested in solutions to the problems it agitates against.

I believe that deep down Goodes is a well meaning person who was unfortunately politically manipulated by all and sundry to the point that he ironically lost control of his own identity and values. When I see Goodes speak of his upbringing and family, of his coaches and mentors, his will to succeed, his discipline, his wanting to pass on his knowledge to the next generation and so forth, he strikes me as a decent person.

Unfortunately, what started out as a bit of a personal journey and some good intentions to give back to his community ended up in him becoming an indigenous version of the Manchurian candidate. He attracted political parasites that bombarded him with a false history and a heightened sense of racism and who fed off his celebrity in the pursuit of their own divisive political agenda. Sadly this experience ate away at his soul and poisoned his sense of perspective.

The biased documentary that covers this period in Goodes life is titled the “Final Quarter”. To my mind it is only three quarter time. How Goodes moves on from this period of his life is the final quarter. If he chooses to play the victim and wallow in the mire of identity politics he will undoubtedly lose.

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39 Responses to Politics and Sport: Not a Goodes Look

  1. egg_

    Politics and Sport: Not a Goodes Look

    Headline of the year!

  2. Linden

    Hooray for this, I watched Goodes play for a long time and often thought how did he get let go in the draft way out to round #3 pick 43 overall, I think it was before he was selected? He was a very good player brilliant in fact. I don’t recall booing him or abusing him when he was in his paying prime. Later on he appeared to me for my two bobs worth, to be wanting to bring his ‘politics’ on the football ground, and that’s when I lost my respect for him. I believe his father was a Scotsman? I guess we have better be careful about that too, in case he decides to go with the kilt.

  3. nfw

    If Mr Goodes doesn’t like free Australian society with all its benefits he is free to live in the outback under a lean-to existing on all traditional food and aboriginal invented technologies and medicines. Oh, that’s right.

  4. An excellent summary of the tragedy of Adam Goodes.

    A small correction: In the misguided pursuit of political optics the Abbott Government inadvertently through Goodes to the wolves. -should be “threw”.

  5. Old School Conservative

    Well written JtG.

  6. Robbo

    An excellent summary of Goodes and his successful self destruction. The idiots who continue to parrot the line that the booing of Goodes was racism gone rampant cannot explain why players like Cyril Rioli, Shaun Burgoyne and Eddie Betts (along with a raft of other indigenous players) are not booed. Of course those players get an occasional burst of stupid insults but nothing anywhere near the constant barrage that was directed at Goodes. Why he copped that is pretty clear to me and it has nothing to do with the colour of his skin. Goodes was not liked because of his behaviour on the field where many fans thought he was a dirty player who staged for free kicks and went the sly taking out the legs of opponents, for his vilification of that 13 years old girl, and his sanctimonious but inaccurate lecturing of the rest of us after being awarded the ridiculous title of AOTY. Australia has provided him with advantages that should set him up for a comfortable life but he has responded by saying he is ashamed to be an Australian. Well Mr Goodes I’m ashamed you are an Australian and I suggest you put your so-called principles into practice and go and live somewhere else. We’ll get along just fine without ingrates like you.

  7. “If that is your wont”. Since you’re insisting on form over substance. (Wont. One’s customary behaviour in a particular situation.) I’ll address the substance of your remarks in another forum.

  8. egg_

    Goodes to go?

    Damaged Goodes?

  9. Caveman

    I was watching that game against the Filth and Goodes went out of his way to point the finger when any other player would have walked away. Agree, Goodes was a good player but the AFL should be held to account , get rid of the indigenous round ,its not needed, it doesnt unify.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    Who is this goodes ? Never heard of him some ball thrower was he ? A has been seeking relevance and money? A tool of the evil divisive communists? Sounds very much like it,bet the alpbc love him ,so he must be a wrong’un .

  11. Rohan

    I think there’s big chunks of facts that are missing from both this and Jupes version of this whole fiasco. Goodes in the last 2 years of his career was fading significantly in form. This in part was largely due to the fact that he had lost a fair amount of pace and was frequently getting caught with the ball. To combat this, he frequently played or staged for the free kick and very effective at winning it.

    I distinctly remember an Eagles V Swans game in Perth where he ducked and staged up a free kick storm. The crowd started booing him on this basis and this basis alone. Yet the resultant media pile on claimed it was because the whole crowd was racist.

    At the very same match the crowd were cheering Nick Natenui who was smashing the Swans in the ruck and around the goals. It’s hardly the act of an aggressively racist crowd.

    As a side note on the media hipocracy, The very next week the Eagles hosted the Cats and they were booing equally Joel Selwood and Steve Motlop because they were perceived to be ducking into tackles to attract free kicks. So how come the Eagles fans weren’t piled on for the “racist” booing of Motlop?

  12. brennan

    Goodes is a dickhead, but it was wrong he was called an ape. That’s an insult to apes.

  13. Argy Bargy

    Great synopsis Justinian, but I need to take you to task on one minor quibble.

    Obviously an aficionado of cross country ballet, with no real interest in the goings on last Wednesday. Here in God’s Country we play a sport called Rugby (or Rugby Football, NEVER Rugby Union even though controlled by the Rugby Football Union and it’s various colonial and foreign offshoots), which is the sport in which Israel Folau excels. There is an abomination which claims some similar lineage called rugby league, for which there was some match last Wednesday in which some neanderthals born north of the Tweed spent 80 minutes barging into neanderthals born south of the Tweed. That is the “sport” administered by the former incompetent first minister of the aforementioned God’s Country. The Game They Play in Heaven is unfortunately administered by the kiwi misandrist Raelene Castle, not content with destroying Canterbury Bulldogs, she is now intent on becoming the ARUs own Dimitriou.

  14. Beachcomber

    I believe that deep down Goodes is a well meaning person who was unfortunately politically manipulated by all and sundry to the point that he ironically lost control of his own identity and values.

    Early in his career, Goodes seemed to be a reserved, even shy, but likeable and unassuming bloke who took his Mum to the Brownlow night. Nobody seemed to notice that he was part Aboriginal.
    Then he fell into the clutches of the TAFE “Indigenous Studies” indoctrinators and the AFL’s swarm of “inclusivity officers”. He was putty in their hands.

  15. Dave in Marybrook

    Thanks JtG… the more background I learn about Goodes the more I realise he through away a lot of goodwill.
    A few points-
    Goodes was boo’ed on a fair few occasions before Apegate, for sliding and staging.
    Boo’ing is hardly contagious, even with the AFL’s soccer-inspired sectioning apart of fans in the stands (which I think is a bad idea). Quite often one side of a aisle will erupt, but the other side who’ve had their view blocked by a body, or could see around a body, are nonplussed.
    There was testimony from Collingwood fans that they were sledging Winmar as “gutless”, before he charged through a few magpies for a gritty goal and lifted his guernsey, to show his guts. Anyone able to find this?
    *the monopoly of offence, better that “a monopoly on”
    Goodes’ future is secure, because he heads some companies which are somehow “indigenous” and custom is pretty much stitched up in perpetuity with the “indigenous procurement” policy, wherein taxpayer dosh is directed to governments’ purchases regardless of product or service quality, but rather because there are indigenous people involved. Goodes’ is involved in defence materiel or IT, IIRC? He’s minted from here on.

  16. a happy little debunker

    Today, I was surprised to learn that prior to 2016 there were people who were born and raised in Tasmania ‘that did not exist’

    But – as I read on, I realised these people had actually existed – but were just not allocated any ‘special status’ under the Tasmanian Constitution.

    Only now is their ‘race’ entrenched in our legislative charter.

    “Everyone can be super! And when everyone’s super, no-one will be”
    Syndrome November 5th 2004

  17. Beachcomber

    Rohan at 12:57 pm
    Exactly. The media, AFL and the rest of the elite Establishment insulted the Eagles supporters at that game by immediately labelling them as rascists. When the insults, lecturing and hypocrisy from the elites, including Goodes, continued, the booing got louder

  18. long way away

    Really good article, to follow on from Argy Bargy’s excellent comment which I totally agree with, when AFL celebrity/ demi-god Garry Ablett supported Isreal Folau’s comment he too was subsequently booed. Surely this is similar conduct to booing Goodes. I wait the AFL’s draconian response

  19. Muddy

    This separatism is just one element of a long-term, nonviolent, sociocultural and economic insurgency. Until we acknowledge that and take appropriate countermeasures, the transformation of our quality of life will continue to be bled by parasites.

  20. AlanR

    Feel better now you’ve had your little dummy spit Justinian?????

  21. Tom

    Adam Goodes should indeed be included in the primary and secondary Australian school curriculum as a terrible lesson in bad sportsmanship: a rich and powerful sportsman lording it over a defenceless 13-year-old girl from an economically deprived regional city, humiliating her as “the face of racism”, and, even though he had been showered with football’s wealth and glittering prizes, pretending he is a helpless victim of “racism” in an upside-down world where a privileged minority, of whom he is a member, can demand that the little people kiss his arse.

  22. Mindfree

    AlanR – put forward an argument (or set of arguments ) to dispute Justinian’s points

    GO!

  23. L.B.Loveday

    When at school my daughter was ofttimes called a half-caste (which Goodes also is) sl*t on Facebook and to her face. She’d just respond that hybrids get the best from both races, whereas in-breeding leads to ugly f-wits like you who can’t get a date. If a 17yo girl can handle it, surely a big successful man should be able to.

  24. Rod

    Well presented article that should be read by all handwringers.

  25. Tom

    Excellent, Justinian. Thank you.

  26. bollux

    Beattie is a jerk and never a success at anything he tries. He is a liar and full of bullshit and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near rugby League, of which he knows nothing. The whole time he was Premier of Qld he had a mistress until she was shipped to Tasmania so he has the morals of an alleycat to boot.

  27. Roger

    How Goodes moves on from this period of his life is the final quarter. If he chooses to play the victim and wallow in the mire of identity politics he will undoubtedly lose.

    I believe he’s the CEO of a consortium which benefits from the federal government’s stipulation that a percentage of all government contracts – particularly defence – must be awarded to indigenous owned businesses.

  28. Major Elvis Newton

    So Aboriginal players refuse to sing the national anthem in their place of work and nothing happens to them. OK.
    No doubt the next time we have a “welcome to country”, “smoking ceremony” or “diversity development” lecture from HR in my place of work and I refuse to participate, nothing will happen to me.
    Yeah, right.

  29. Tracey

    Johnathan Thurston, arguably the greatest Rugby League player of all time, is increasingly speaking about indigenous issues. While clearly a proud Aboriginal man I have never heard him speak negatively about Australia or the non-indigenous population. He is respectful and demonstrably grateful for the opportunities he has been given. The likes of Goodes and those preening non Anthem singers (about half of which were Islanders, not native Australians) could do worse than follow his example.

  30. bespoke

    If Goodes asked to speak to the girl and her parents on the QT it would have been an epic way forward for reconciliation but no that doesn’t make money for the MSM.

  31. Rockdoctor

    Hear hear on the article. Goodes isn’t very intelligent but had talent as a sportman in his younger days, pretty sad but makes you wonder who has been in his ears leading him astray…

    Beattie should be in a cell in a rightous world and if the so called journalists had a scintilla of curiosity about his former Government, Los Angelis jaunt at Qld state expenses or the actions of bottom feeders like Mackinroth & co. The fact this grub is on the NRL board after his tenure on the Commonwealth Games farce is a blight on the game…

  32. jupes

    Goodes himself remained silent on the endemic violence and misogyny that is littered throughout indigenous history.

    Indeed.

    Little kiddies being raped and women being bashed and murdered regularly by Aboriginal men, but Adam Goodes was called an ape so that’s where the Aboriginal industries outrage is directed.

    It is good to see the AFL copping it even though I doubt the penny will drop. They will bend over and take it. Stand by for an Aboriginal Month next year.

  33. Nob

    For my money, the AFL ordering fans not to boo was an even bigger factor than Goodes making an arse of himself.

    I mean footy players do that all the time. Nothing new.

  34. Win

    Imagine the uproar if Abbott had vetoed the Goodes AOTY. Just who were the people who awarded him this honour?

  35. Win

    As for, Peter Beattie both he and his wife were rejected by Queenslanders when they ran for election. How is it the Beattie , Anna Bligh and her husband have lucrative highly paid jobs in NSW.

  36. Up The Workers!

    Strange world we live in.

    The politically correct A.L.P.Rugby League hates its best player for his Christian religious beliefs, so it bans him from the game.

    The politically correct A.L.P.F.L. and Gillon McLachlin hate football supporters and are banning them from the game.

    The A.L.P., the A.C.T.U. and AnAl the Brothel-Hopper hate John Setka and are banning him from the world’s only political Party too dumb to spell its own name correctly.

    That well-known ‘progressive’ Socialist, Adolf Hitler would be proud of them all.

  37. Ian

    Compare this with the appalling treatment of Stephen Milne. The calls of “rapist” affected both Milne’s wife and his children. Much more severe treatment than Goodes. Read Dallas Scott’s version of the Goodes incident in Black Steam Train blog.

  38. Andre Lewis

    Very good article pointing out the poor choices Goodes made in trying to claim his victim status. As Australian of the Year he was invisible as many invitations normally provided to someone holding the title did not come. Why risk a racist blowback at your function?

    The classic image and now a statue of Winmar lifting his shirt and pointing to his dark skin seems to be the gold standard for calling out racism but what if a booed white player did the same? We would never hear the end of it and the player would be out of the game branded a white supremacist!

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