Nicky Winmar has settled his dispute with Sam Newman, Mike Sheahan and Don Scott over comments about the St Kilda champion’s famous jumper lift.
Winmar was captured in the famous 1993 photograph pointing at his skin after being subjected to racist abuse in a match against Collingwood at Victoria Park.
In a June episode of their You Cannot Be Serious podcast, the trio cast doubt that Indigenous Australian Winmar was pointing to his skin because he was “proud to be black”, suggesting he was simply celebrating a gutsy win.
Camera IconSt Kilda footballer Nicky Winmar raises his jumper in response to racial taunts from Collingwood fans at Victoria Park. Credit: Wayne Ludbey/Fairfax
The comments triggered legal action from Winmar and photographer Wayne Ludbey. However, according to the Herald Sun, hours of mediation on Friday was enough to settle the dispute.
The settlement came with an apology from the podcast hosts and an undisclosed donation to an Indigenous charity.
According to ESPN, the donation will be a six-figure sum.
“During our 23 June 2020 podcast, we talked about Nicky lifting his jumper and pointing to his skin at the end of the 1993 Collingwood and St Kilda match during which he had been racially abused,” read a statement from Newman, Scott and Sheahan.
“We acknowledge what Nicky did was an act of Indigenous pride and defiance.
“It was also a powerful statement of solidarity for Indigenous Australians who are subjected to racism and vilification.
“Any suggestion otherwise was wrong. We have reflected deeply on the issues.
“We understand many people would regard what we said as racially discriminatory of Nicky and Indigenous Australians.
“For all these reasons, we sincerely apologise to Nicky Winmar and to Indigenous Australians generally.”
Camera IconSam Newman. Credit: SERGIO DIONISIO/AAPIMAGECamera IconMike Sheahan. Credit: GREGORY DARRYL/News Limited
Winmar said the apology was “good for our people”.
“I just wanna say I am black and I’m proud and I want to thank the rest of Australia for supporting this,” he said.
Along with the apology and donation, Sheahan on Tuesday quit the podcast.
“The thing that worried me most is I definitely did hurt some people who I regard as football friends,” he said.
“Indigenous people, Indigenous players, who I have a healthy relationship with, they were hurt and angry,” Sheahan said.
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