Heritier Lumumba slams Dan Andrews amid Eddie McGuire furore

Former AFL star Heritier Lumumba has slammed Dan Andrews after the Victorian Premier threw his support behind Eddie McGuire amid the Collingwood racism controversy.

McGuire quit as Magpies president on Tuesday afternoon after a severe backlash to his response to the “Do Better” report, which exposed “systemic racism” at the AFL club.

While many have criticised the footy powerbroker for declaring it a “historic and proud” day when the report into Collingwood’s issues with racism was leaked, Andrews stood by McGuire and didn’t want him to stand down.

“No. I made it pretty clear last week that, you know, you don’t run from challenges, you do everything you can to be equal to them,” he said.

“You don’t run from problems, you work your guts out to try and fix them.

“The Eddie McGuire that I know is equal to that task, and I can tell you in my discussions with him, he is very, very committed to doing that work.

“It won’t be easy and it won’t be fast. It’ll take time.

“I think by owning it, acknowledging it, and then doing something about it — that’s what’s most important. And the Eddie McGuire that I know is very committed to that, and I believe capable of doing that, but the last thing to do is to run from this.”

Dan Andrews didn’t want McGuire to quit.Source:News Corp Australia

Lumumba said there was a culture of “racist jokes” during his time at Collingwood.Source:News Corp Australia

But the pressure on McGuire to quit was too great and he didn’t heed the Premier’s words.

That was cold comfort to Lumumba — whose allegations of a racist culture at Collingwood are what triggered the internal investigation in the first place.

“With so many leaders from First Nations & communities of colour calling for McGuire to step down, Daniel Andrews has shown us the boy’s club on full display,” Lumumba tweeted.

“The pain & trauma of communities who suffer racism is more important than powerful white men and their friendships.

“If Andrews wants to show real leadership, stand up for the communities who are hurting because of Collingwood’s public refusal to admit fault.

“He says Eddie is ‘equal to the task’. 22 years is a long time for someone to decide if they want to understand what racism is.

“The fact that Andrews can ignore a former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, former Indigenous players and their families, academics and community leaders, shows he cares more about one white man’s ego than fighting racism.”

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