Hawthorn, Cyril Rioli, racism, Jeff Kennett, Shaun Burgoyne, Adam Goodes, Caroline Wilson

There was a view among native Hawthorn players during the Adam Goodes booing saga that the Hawks should have taken a stand against the mistreatment of Sydney superstar, according to Caroline Wilson.

On Monday night, the senior footy reporter made fresh statements amid the Hawthorn race scandal involving Hawks great Cyril Rioli.

An article by Wilson had appeared in The Age on Saturday following an interview with Rioli and his wife, Shannyn, in which the couple publicly addressed a controversial remark by Hawthorn chairman Jeff Kennett in 2018.

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Rioli saw the comment as the final straw in the club’s contentious relationship with its indigenous players, which led to Norm Smith’s former medalist taking a surprise retirement in 2018, aged just 28.

In the Monday night edition of Nine’s Footy RankedWilson discussed the Hawthorn line of racism and raised new claims stemming from the Hawks’ 2015 eighth-round clash with the Swans.

It was during this match at the MCG that Goodes was booed by a significant number of spectators for the first time, setting off his devastating spiral into retirement.

Wilson said several of Hawthorn’s native players, including Rioli and Shaun Burgoyne, were “very upset” by the boos aimed at Goodes.

the Footy Ranked The panelist also said that after the game, Indigenous Hawthorn players spoke to various club executives about the boos.

Wilson added that Burgoyne later in the week met with Hawthorn general manager Stuart Fox and then Hawks president Andrew Newbold “to talk about his very deep feelings” regarding the Goodes storyline.

Hawthorn has not made a statement about the situation regarding Goodes despite the belief among native Hawks players that the club should, and despite the emotional impact of events.

According to Wilson, Newbold’s view at the time was that the boos were not racially motivated.

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“It was just one thing that happened at Hawthorn – and other clubs didn’t respond well to boos from Adam Goodes either – but I always thought Hawthorn should have taken a stand ( after the game against Sydney), “said Wilson.

In an indication of the shattering impact Hawthorn’s precarious relationship with his native players has had on Rioli, the 189-game icon told The Age that the Hawks were the only club he wouldn’t be willing to work with. at this stage.

“I would be willing to help the clubs if they wanted me…Richmond or the West Coast…but I wouldn’t go back to Hawthorn after what happened,” Rioli said.

“It’s the only club I wouldn’t raise my hand for right now.”

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