Bradley Hill of St Kilda said he respected Chad Wingard’s self-imposed media ban in response to coverage of terrible protests in the US.
The Hawthorn star took to social media on Monday to announce the move in response to coverage of “major media” protests across the US after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police, and the subsequent brutal response to citizens by law enforcement.
He posted photos of the peaceful protest on Instagram and wrote: “What the main Australian media forgot to show, only shows negative riots”.
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“In the end, you have your own decision. “If that’s what Chad wants to do, I respect his decision,” Hill said Tuesday.
“I can’t do anything about that. If that’s what he feels, that’s his opinion.”
The former Hawk said he hoped the numbers at Waverley would help Wingard with his emotional response, including the game’s record holder Shaun Burgoyne and coach Alastair Clarkson.
“They have a lot of help there. Shauny is one of the biggest names and ambassadors for indigenous people. “What he has done during his career, he will definitely be there to help him,” he said.
“Even Clarko, he will be there to help Chad. They have a lot of good people around the club.”
Like Wingard, Hill said he was disturbed by videos coming out of the US but showed that Australia was not immune from racial issues.
“It is very bad what happened there but it is a different part of the world. It affects people. As I said, it’s very bad what’s happening but it’s not black versus white. “Everyone is against racism,” he said.
“This is something that is getting better here but there are still things that are going on and can get better. Some of the things that you watch, sometimes it hits you. That is not the biggest thing you want to see.”
The great Kane Cornes in Port Adelaide supports Wingard’s view, but wonders whether doing more media to spread his message would be better than pulling back.
“I was a little surprised when I first read it, Hutchy,” Cornes said Footy Classification.
“You have to be careful when commenting on problems like that, I’m talking about me commenting on them because we need to put ourselves in the shoes of people like Chad and the Indigenous people and the struggle they face.
“My only thing is if Chad is so strong in his message, I want him to do more media, not shut up and avoid doing media. Open yourself, do more media, and deliver your message that way. I’m not sure it would be of any use by keeping your mouth shut like that. “
After that it was suggested Wingard would instead speak through his own social media platform, Cornes said he had the potential to reduce the number of people who reached his message.
“But he only gets so much reach, I would think that a broader appeal would be better to conduct a broad series of interviews,” Cornes said.
“Only with the AFL problem and the payment situation, the media is vital in that and 70 percent of the revenue comes from media transactions, it’s difficult if all the players share Chad’s thoughts and are shunned from Hutchy’s media, what’s the value of the agreement? You have to be careful. “
Journalist Caroline Wilson and former journalist Craig Hutchison also commented on Wingard’s attitude.
“It’s like you’re saying fine, it’s like saying all your soccer players unite them, all your international media unite them,” Wilson said.
“I think there will be media going well which is a little unfair but he really likes it.
“I don’t think the world of feet without this year’s Chad Wingard interview will be very broken.”
Craig Hutchison said he was all for Wingard’s announcement.
“I really respect him for that. “I think he really has the right to have that view,” Hutchison said.
“If it’s not a contractual obligation to have to talk to the media and if he feels very excited about that I think we should embrace it.”
On Monday afternoon, Wingard posted on Twitter: “I don’t trust our media anymore! Until things change, I will not do any interviews that I will not do! I will share my own thoughts and content! “
“This also happened here,” Wingard posted, along with a video about the death of Aboriginal man David Dungay Jr. while in police custody in New South Wales in 2015.
“People say that racism rarely happens here. Why do we even make room for racism?
“I don’t care how much or how little, racism does not belong to this world.
“When people say racism in Australia is incomparable with America, ask Aboriginal people who are growing up. Just because you don’t see it or it doesn’t affect you, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Our children deserve better and I will always fight for them.
“Get up and don’t be quiet.”
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