BTW, this is the original story that broke on the morning of the manufactured crisis.
Completely stupid: AFL chief slams footy race claim
16 Mar, 2012 12:11 PM
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has rejected claims made by a recruiter that clubs are unlikely to draft indigenous players unless they have at least one white parent.
He suggested the recruiter "start thinking about some other employment" and said he knew which club the person worked for.
Speaking on radio station 3AW, Mr Demetriou said he had notified the CEO of the club, and would see how the matter was dealt with internally before the AFL took action.
He said the club would be named once the issue had been resolved.
"We have to let the club deal with this internally to find out what he meant. If in fact he meant something that we don't understand."
The Age revealed today that a recruiter for an unnamed AFL club had admitted to the league that his club was unlikely to draft an indigenous player unless one of their parents were white.
The recruiter had been contacted by the AFL after rumours of hesitation among some football clubs about recruiting indigenous players, and a drop in their numbers on club lists.
The AFL boss said every player had problems, regardless of background.
"[The player] might come from a well-to-do family, he might come from a family where he has literacy issues, he might be indigenous, he might not. All of our players have issues."
He said the recruiter's comments were "completely stupid".
"Why would you discriminate against someone based on their colour or their race and say 'I'm only going to select you as long as you have at least one white parent or two white parents?' I thought we'd gone past that."
He said the AFL did not tolerate any form of discrimination.
"We won't tolerate in any way shape of form any discrimination based on race, gender or sexual identity."
Mr Demetriou said the chief executive of the club in question was shocked to hear about the recruiter's comments.
Considering the timing of the source material - AD's comments on national radio, and the time of publication, this story couldn't have been slapped together in more than an hour.
Henrietta Cook passively accepts the arguments of AD without investigating any other side. Just terrible journalism.