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Sam Newman labels George Floyd a ‘piece of sh*t’ and a ‘porn star’ in an extraordinary rant

Sam Newman has unleashed in an extraordinary rant against the man who inspired the Black Lives Matter movement – labelling George Floyd a ‘piece of sh*t’. 

Newman came out in defence of an earlier tweet that criticised AFL footballers for kneeling before last week’s Collingwood versus Richmond clash. 

The controversial personality, who recently returned to television on the Sunday Footy Show, claimed the players had not knelt in a stance against racism, but against police brutality. 

Sam Newman branded George Floyd a ‘piece of sh*t’ during a rant on his podcast this week

George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis cop. His death saw the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gone global

George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis cop. His death saw the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gone global 

Taking to his podcast ‘You Cannot Be Serious’, alongside former AFL great Don Scott and footy reporter Mike Sheahan,  Newman teed off on Floyd. 

‘George Floyd, who is a piece of sh*t incidentally,’ he began before his co-hosts attempted to intervene. 

‘You know who George Floyd is? He has been in jail five times, he held up a pregnant black woman with a knife, he’s a drug addict, he’s a crack head and he’s a porn star.’

To which Sheahan responded: ‘And he’s dead’.

‘Because of the police brutality,’ Newman responded. ‘And it should never have happened, but I’m just telling you who George Floyd is and they’ve made a monument to him and he’s a piece of sh*t.’

US man George Floyd had been filmed last month handcuffed and face down on the street, pleading for his life, as a police officer allegedly murdered him. 

Scott, who was a 300-game veteran for Hawthorn in the 60s and 70s, backed Newman. 

‘He should not have been handled in the way he was, but I can understand – to a degree – why the police were doing it,’ he said. 

Scott’s response appeared to shock even Newman. 

‘No Don, you can’t understand that,’ Newman said. 

‘It’s inexcusable … the whole of the American nation … was absolutely at one saying this is a disgrace and it was. No matter what his reputation or who he is. 

‘So that’s why they got on a knee  – they were protesting against police brutality and it morphed into Black Lives Matter and it morphed into defund the police, then it got onto racism … when you see people kneeling in our game for God’s sake make it apparent about what they’re kneeling (for).’

Newman’s blast followed criticism aimed at him by prominent sports reporter Caroline Wilson, who attacked him over his previous tweets. 

Before last week’s match, Newman had hit social media condemning the players for the stance. 

‘How long before we stop being intimidated into nodding in agreement and question the REAL motives. The game maybe incidental,’ he tweeted.

In 1999, Newman appeared in blackface on the Footy Show impersonating indigenous footballer Nicky Winmar

In 1999, Newman appeared in blackface on the Footy Show impersonating indigenous footballer Nicky Winmar

Newman claimed taking a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement was an act of 'preening' in a series of tweets before the Richmond Tigers and Collingwood Magpies match on Thursday evening

Newman claimed taking a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement was an act of ‘preening’ in a series of tweets before the Richmond Tigers and Collingwood Magpies match on Thursday evening

An additional tweet read: ‘Before the AFL morph themselves completely into a political body, research some FACTS. 

‘McLachlan has turned himself into the Goodell of the NFL. IF you’re going to kneel, know WHY you’re kneeling. Stop the preening. It’s bulls***.’

On Monday night’s episode of Footy Classified, journalist Caroline Wilson unleashed on Newman’s ‘bitterness’. 

‘Sam Newman said that AFL footballers taking a knee to say that Black Lives Matter were preening and divisive,’ she said.

‘He said most players didn’t understand why they were kneeling and had been intimidated into it.

‘For what it’s worth, I didn’t think it was political, I thought it was social and a united move and it was one that united all the players, black and white, and represented a brotherhood that Newman did not understand and therefore tried to belittle.’

Pictured: Players take a knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement before the 2020 AFL Round 02 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Thursday

Pictured: Players take a knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement before the 2020 AFL Round 02 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Thursday

Sam Newman (left), Mike Sheahan (centre) and Don Scott chew the fat in their podcast 'You Cannot Be Serious'

Sam Newman (left), Mike Sheahan (centre) and Don Scott chew the fat in their podcast ‘You Cannot Be Serious’

The Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum across the globe following the death of black man George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody last month

The Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum across the globe following the death of black man George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody last month

Wilson continued her criticism by seemingly hinting at Newman’s blackface scandal.

‘Sam, you’ve got a terrible history in the area of race relations, and you’ve done it again, unleashing a series of bitter and divisive rants,’ she said.

‘What an unfortunate piece of timing that the Sunday Footy Show decided to bring you back this week and portray you as the venerable football bead after you had unleashed so much bitterness.’ 

In 1999, Newman appeared in blackface on the Footy Show impersonating indigenous footballer Nicky Winmar.

Newman fired back at Wilson on his podcast, accusing her of previously ridiculing disabled athletes. 

David Cuningham of the Blues and Angus Brayshaw of the Demons take a knee is support of the Black Lives Matter movement last weekend

David Cuningham of the Blues and Angus Brayshaw of the Demons take a knee is support of the Black Lives Matter movement last weekend

Former footy great Don Scott said he could understand why police behaved the way they did against George Floyd

Former footy great Don Scott said he could understand why police behaved the way they did against George Floyd

‘This is a woman who belittled (journalist) Beverley O’Connor in the name of sexism,’ he said. 

‘She decried and made fun of disabled athletes in an event. (She) said that people are just waiting for them to fall over. You know she said that.’

Newman admitted his feud with Wilson had become personal. 

‘My word it is,’ he said. ‘Because she gets away with (it) and she is a charlatan,’ he said. 

Newman went on to propose that instead of players falling to their knees, they ought be made to wear a patch that reads: ‘Say No To Racism’. 

It is an initiative he said all sports should be made to embrace from juniors all the way up to international players that come to our shores. 

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