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Nathan Buckley responded to a scathing attack on Twitter from former Collingwood defender, Heir Lumumba, who accused his former Magpies manager of being ‘actively aware’ of racial issues at the club, making ‘innuendos about my health mental” and to be “deliberately misleading”. .
Lumumba posted a Twitter thread with links to the sight of Buckley smiling at a press conference in 2017 when asked about Lumumba being called “Chimp” in Collingwood as well as an audio recording from a conversation he had with the coach.
Buckley was unaware he was being taped and in the conversation he accuses Lumumba of throwing Chairman Eddie McGuire ‘under the bus’ after he spoke about his infamous ‘King Kong’ racist comments about Swans star Adam Goodes .
The coach says he has gone ‘rogue’ at the club and ‘on his own crusades’ in the audio.
At the start of the Twitter thread, Lumumba calls on Buckley to come clean about what he knows about the Magpies’ culture of racism.
“I gave Nathan Buckley many years to grow up and hopefully tell the truth. Unfortunately, he used his platform and considerable profile to discredit me, including making insinuations about my sanity and deliberately misleading me about the past.
“My assertions about Buckley have always been consistent: that he was actively aware of the serious cultural issues at Collingwood and that he was instrumental in punishing me and kicking me out of the club when I spoke about these issues at all CFC levels. ”
Buckley responded by asking Lumumba to play the entire recording of their conversation to “provide some context.”
“Heritier, I offer you the opportunity to put a full, uncut version of our conversations on the public record to provide context to our conversations and the support provided to you beyond what could reasonably be expected. expect under the circumstances. ”
Further down the thread, Lumumba posts a link to a press conference which shows Buckley smiling as he answers questions about the player’s claims.
“The most publicized instance of Buckley undermining me was a 2017 press conference where he denied any knowledge of the racist nickname ‘chimpanzee’ that I fell victim to at the Club. He also suggested that I was mentally unstable,” he wrote.
Lumumba, whose mother is Brazilian and father from the Democratic Republic of Congo, played 199 games for Collingwood from 2005 to 2014 before ending his career with 24 games in two seasons with Melbourne.
The 35-year-old ended his social media missive by saying he was speaking out again because he wanted Collingwood to adopt the recommendations of the 2020 Do Better report ‘in the spirit of true reconciliation “.
“A lot of people have asked me what I want. Over the past 15 months I have been in dialogue with CFC, open to finding a way forward. I did so in good faith despite the history of the Club because I believed in the possibility of a process of healing and improvement.
“The process was carried out by the same legal team that tried to suppress publication of the Do Better report. I found the conduct of the CFC to be misleading and manipulative, concerned with damage limitation rather than anything in the spirit of true reconciliation.
“The disgraceful behavior and disrespect of CFC lawyers towards independent First Nations experts during a meeting – which resulted in several heated exchanges between them – led to the definitive breakdown of any dialogue.
“Buckley can talk all he wants about ‘multiple truths’. I have always presented facts. Everything I have said to date is accurate as it is based on the multitude of records I have accumulated over the past 10 years to protect me, my reputation and my legal interests.
“The AFL and CFC sponsors can’t just keep their heads in the sand. When clubs are unable to address serious systemic and cultural issues, the organizations that fund and benefit from them must also take responsibility.
Buckley also responded on Twitter to the penultimate post with: “What about the facts??? You asked to be removed from the management group and…. You asked to be traded from the club. The club just facilitated your requests.
Earlier in the week, 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.
He also claimed that ex-general manager Gary Pert made sexually inappropriate comments in front of the players’ partners.
Lumumba recently announced that he and fellow former Collingwood stars Leon Davis and Andrew Krakouer have cut ties with the club believing “nothing has changed”.
Buckley, who left Collingwood in mid-2021 and now works in the media, responded to Lumumba’s claims earlier in the week on SEN Radio.
“From what I understand, the club has 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. declared.
“I am happy to commit to the club as they wish, but Heritier is not happy with that 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 Heritier doesn’t really want to move on unless, I don’t know, he needs some heads to roll.”