Eddie McGuire slammed over blackface furore


Newman, who hosted the AFL Footy Show alongside McGuire, painted his face black to imitate St Kilda champion Nicky Winmar, who had failed to turn up for a guest slot in 1999.

Sam Newman didn’t see anything wrong with painting his face black on live TV. Picture: Nine NewsSource:Supplied

This “disgraceful” act was revisited in The Australian Dream, a documentary about racism in sport that had its television premiere on the ABC last night.

The documentary features AFL legend Adam Goodes, who says racism ended his career in 2015. He also admitted the football field “actually became a place I hated to walk out on to”.

Adam Goodes in The Australian Dream documentary.

Adam Goodes in The Australian Dream documentary.Source:Supplied

However, in the documentary, McGuire talked down racism accusations surrounding Newman’s decision to paint his face black.

“He (Newman) didn’t understand the nuance. He was a product of those times,” McGuire said.

“He was a ’60s, ’70s vaudevillian who was sending up Nicky Winmar because he didn’t turn up on the show that night.”

Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade at the 2019 Footy Show grand final special at Rod Laver Arena in 2019. Picture: Supplied/Channel 9

Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade at the 2019 Footy Show grand final special at Rod Laver Arena in 2019. Picture: Supplied/Channel 9Source:Channel 9

Eddie McGuire in the doco, which aired last night.

Eddie McGuire in the doco, which aired last night.Source:ABC

Social media users called McGuire “gutless” and “a disgrace” for defending his colleague.

The documentary also revisited the notorious moment when McGuire made what he claimed was an ill-thought-out joke, where he compared Goodes to King Kong.

McGuire apologised for the remark at the time.





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