AFL Sheds Light On Rugby League Race Policy

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AFL Legend Mel Brown has shed some light on why the NSWRL appears to have be less racist than jail-cell suicide capital of the world Queensland. Poor lighting is to blame says Brown. Observers were sceptical about QR-Hell mascot Anthony Mundine’s claims that ‘boys’ got a fair go in Queensland given the racist foundation of Ausfailure and agree that better lighting at rugby league venues could indeed explain the apparent back flip over race hatred when it comes to sport in the banana bender state.

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Cannibal slur leaves bad taste at AFL lunch June 17, 2010

AS A racism furore engulfs rugby league, Australian rules has again shown it is not rid of such prejudices either.

At an AFL function in Melbourne yesterday, the West Australian football legend Mal Brown referred to indigenous players – including one of the AFL’s most famous, Nicky Winmar – as ”cannibals”.

Referring to poor ground lighting at some matches, he said: ”It actually disadvantaged us. We couldn’t pick any of the cannibals. Nicky Winmar, Michael Mitchell. We didn’t even get any white shirts to put on them.”

Brown’s comments prompted some laughter in the room. But the MC, the former Melbourne star Garry Lyon, was embarrassed. ”You’ve just put us on the back page of every paper tomorrow,” he said.

When contacted after the lunch, Lyon said: ”You can’t control everyone. Everyone needs to take responsibility for things they do and say in this world these days, and Mal’s big enough and old enough to understand that.”

On the way out of the function, Brown pointed at newspaper reporters and said: ”Don’t you go writing what I said about those Abos.”

The former Essendon player Simon Madden, the past players’ representative on the AFL Players’ Association’s executive, said Brown’s comments were ”uneducated”.

Brown did not respond to calls last night.

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