Sam Newman said it would make ‘no difference’ to his life if the AFL club he played for removed his name from their record books following his controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.
The former Footy Show host, 74, came under fire after he called George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, in Minneapolis, a ‘piece of s**t’ on his You Can’t Be Serious podcast.
Newman played 300 games for the Geelong Cats and served as club captain. He is a life member the club and in the Team the Century.
Newman said he would give the AFL club he same ‘courtesy’ he gave the Nine Network, who he mutually walked away from last week after a 35-year partnership.
Former Footy Show host Sam Newman said it would make ‘no difference’ to his life if the Geelong Cats removed his name from their record books following his controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement
Sam Newman played 300 games for the Geelong Cats and served as club captain. He is a life member the club and in the Team the Century
‘If they would like to remove me from any recognition or any reference to me ever being at that club or playing for it, or whatever, if they would like me to request that they remove my name from any trace of the club’s records or history, if they would like me to do that, I will do that for them,’ Newman told the Geelong Advertiser.
Cats members are reportedly disappointed by Newman’s latest controversial comments but Geelong CEO Brian Cook said there were no plans to wipe Newman from the club’s history.
‘There is no thoughts around reviewing his awards and recognitions because he was a champion football player and was recognised for that by both ourselves and the AFL,’ Mr Cook said.
‘So we are not going down that path and we have indicated that to our members who have asked. It is just that we don’t agree with a lot of what he says, and that is life.’
Mr Cook said he has not yet reached out to Newman, adding there was a ‘reluctance’ to talk to the former Footy Show host.
He added there may soon be a time where a conversation would need to take place.
Cats members are reportedly disappointed by Newman’s latest controversial comments but Geelong CEO Brian Cook (pictured) said there were no plans to wipe Newman from the club’s history
Newman addressed reports he could be removed from Geelong history books on The Morning Show on Friday.
‘This came from a conversation I had with someone from Geelong, The Advertiser, the paper down there,’ he said.
‘They said there’s chat about members thinking I should be removed from any indication that I was at the club.
‘I said if that is the case, they have to go no further than asking me. I’ll be very happy to withdraw if that is there wish, like I did with Channel Nine.
‘It makes no difference to me at all. If that is there attitude, a very sheltered and weak attitude.’
Controversial TV personality and former AFL great Sam Newman (pictured in blackface on the Footy Show in 1999) announced his split from the Nine Network after 35 years last Friday
Both Newman and Channel Nine said the decision to separate had been mutual
Newman announced last Friday he would walk away from Nine.
‘The Nine network and I have mutually decided that, in the station’s best interests, I withdraw from appearing on their programs,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Newman’s comments about Floyd came after he criticised AFL footballers for kneeling in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Taking to his podcast ‘You Cannot Be Serious’, alongside former AFL great Don Scott and footy reporter Mike Sheahan, Newman said George Floyd ‘is a piece of s**t incidentally’.
‘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 s**t.’
Newman criticised AFL players for taking a knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement at the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers match on Thursday June 11