Former Collingwood defender Heritier Lumumba says he’s “insulted” by his former membership’s plan to run its personal investigation into allegations of racism.
- Lumumba stated it was “simply too late” for the membership to attempt to resolve the matter behind “closed doors”
- He stated he discovered the concept Collingwood itself would examine allegations of racism at its personal membership “frankly insulting”
- The membership this week stated it had launched the overview as a part of a dedication to “owning the truth” on the difficulty
Lumumba, who performed with Collingwood for a decade from 2005-2014, has claimed that he was nicknamed “chimp” and was subjected to informal racism frequently whereas on the membership.
The 33-year-old, who’s of Brazilian and Congolese heritage, additionally claims he was ousted from the crew’s management group and ultimately the membership itself after he referred to as out membership president Eddie McGuire on nationwide tv, shortly after the media character made offensive feedback about then-Sydney participant Adam Goodes.
Lumumba now lives in the USA and made the allegations shortly after he retired, however has not too long ago demanded a public acknowledgement of the racism he says he endured.
Collingwood director Peter Murphy is chairing the committee, with chief government Mark Anderson additionally a part of the inquiry.
However Lumumba wrote on social media on Wednesday that he wouldn’t be collaborating within the inside overview.
“It is simply too late for them to drag this issue out of the public domain and back behind closed doors,” he tweeted.
“Collingwood’s suggestion that it will ‘investigate’ itself after actively denying my story for 6 years is frankly insulting.
“I’ve no need to persuade Collingwood of a fact that they already know. Given the membership’s incapacity to come back clear, and the way in which it has tried to publicly and privately assault my status, I can’t settle for that this ‘integrity’ course of has been proposed in good religion.
“My claims have been consistent. Instead of simply acknowledging them, Collingwood chose to engage in deceptive and misleading conduct, unnecessarily dragging its fans and members through a scandal which will leave an unfortunate mark on the club’s history.”
Teammates assist Lumumba’s allegations of racism
Former teammates Andrew Krakour and Chris Dawes have each backed Lumumba’s model of occasions, nevertheless former coaches Mick Malthouse and Nathan Buckley deny ever listening to the “chimp” nickname.
Lumumba claims a number of different former gamers have supported him in non-public.
“Senior people in the club have known the truth this whole time and chose a cover-up over transparency,” he stated.
When Collingwood introduced its overview on Monday, membership director Jodie Sizer stated the membership board had unanimously agreed motion was wanted on the difficulty.
“Understanding the truth, owning the truth and supporting those in sharing their truths is a key next step for any action,” she stated.