AFL’s Nathan Buckley responds to new claims by Heritier Lumumba after Collingwood racism

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Nathan Buckley remains confused as to what Heritier Lumumba wants to achieve in the Collingwood premiership player’s long-running dispute with his former AFL club.

Explosive statements from Lumumba regarding allegations of misconduct at Collingwood during Buckley’s stint as manager emerged on Monday.

Lumumba alleged in a News Corp report that an unidentified assistant coach used a pornographic image during a team meeting when Buckley was in charge.

The former defender also claims ex-chief executive Gary Pert made sexually inappropriate comments in front of the players’ partners.

Lumumba, who left Collingwood in 2014, has spoken about his experiences of racism at the Magpies for several years.

Collingwood has pledged to implement all of the recommendations of the “Do Better” report, which included an anti-racism strategy.

Lumumba recently announced that he and fellow former Collingwood stars Leon Davis and Andrew Krakouer have cut ties with the club in the belief that “nothing has changed”.

Buckley, who left Collingwood in mid-2021 and now works in the media, responded to Lumumba’s new claims.

“The club has, from what I understand, tried to work with Heritier and other indigenous players, who have been part of situations of systemic racism throughout the history of the club,” he said. he told SEN on Monday.

“I am happy to commit to the club as they wish, but Heritier is not happy with it and that is why we are here.

“There are other versions of the truth that are far removed from how he perceives it.

“It seems like Heir doesn’t really want to move forward unless, I don’t know, he needs to roll some heads.

“I don’t know exactly what he’s looking for, or what his requirements are to feel heard, because that’s really what we tried to do.

“He apologized to – I apologized to him, the club apologized to him… for the environment he’s been in – and not just Heritier – but the other native players.

“Other areas where we talk about misogyny, homophobia, these cultural aspects of an organization – football clubs have come a long way.

“We’re talking about things that happened 10 to 15 years ago, and when you remove the context and put it in the present, it feels even more heinous than it would have felt at the time. “

Buckley conceded he hasn’t been “perfect” as a coach or a person, but believes he is learning and improving all the time.

“I laid my head on the pillow last night and slept well because I know I’ve owned my imperfections and owned the things I’m responsible for,” he said. declared.

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