As sledges go, the New South Wales parliament has given Collingwood president and AFL commentator Eddie McGuire a mighty serve, labelling the former Channel 9 CEO a “boofhead” for his comments about Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes.
Perhaps the biggest insult to the man dubbed “Eddie Everywhere” is that the motion misspelled his name as “Macguire”.
Goodes performed a ceremonial war dance in Friday night’s 60-point thrashing of Carlton at the SCG after kicking a goal, earning the ire of a number of commentators, including McGuire, who’s had previous run ins with the Swans star and 2014 Australian of the Year. In 2013, he suggested Goodes could promote the musical King Kong, then later apologised for the comment.
McGuire has also repeatedly complained about the Swans and the way the club is treated by the AFL.
The implied intent of the Aboriginal footballer’s gesture during the AFL’s indigenous round has been hotly debated in the days since, once again sparking heated arguments about race relations in Australia.
On Friday during halftime, McGuire said: “We’ve never seen that before and I don’t think we ever want to see it again to be perfectly honest, regardless of what it is.”
“This is a made-up dance, this is not something that has been going on for years,” he said in a subsequent interview, saying Goodes should have warned people that he was planning to do “some sort of war cry”.
Goodes explained after the game that he’d learned the dance from an under-age indigenous AFL team and did it in tribute to them.
Swans chairman Andrew Pridham subsequently weighed in over the Collingwood president’s comments, saying the club was thinking of buying McGuire a Ronan Keating CD.
“You say it best when you say nothing at all,” Pridham joked, referring to the lyrics of Keating’s hit song.
Today, Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham, a Collingwood supporter, proposed a motion backing Goodes and condemning McGuire in the NSW legislative council.
Buckingham’s motion read, in part, that the House “recognises and supports the actions of Mr Goodes in celebrating his goal and Aboriginal culture”, and went on to “condemn” McGuire for his comments that it was a “made-up dance” and for “being a continual boofhead”.
It was passed.
“Today the NSW Upper House has recognised that Adam Goodes is a sensational footballer, a great Australian and a mentor to many, and supported his cultural expression in celebrating a great goal,” Buckingham said.
“I’m embarrassed by Eddie McGuire’s blunders and racial gaffes, so I’m glad the NSW Upper House has officially condemned Mr McGuire.”
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