There’s, sadly, a lot of different factors that can precipitate the collapse of a friendship between blokes. Sometimes there are arguments over girls (or boys). Sometimes bad business deals turn personal relationships sour. Sometimes life simply drifts you apart. Or sometimes one of you goes on the radio and casually slips a racist slur against the other one onto national airwaves.
That’s exactly the case for Eddie McGuire and Adam Goodes. McGuire, the current all-conquering President of the Collingwood Football Club and presenter on Triple M and Fox Footy, made the highly embarrassing gaffe last year during the fallout following Goodes having a 13-year-old Magpies fan ejected from the MCG following a racist taunt.
McGuire suggested that producers of the King Kong musical fly Goodes down to promote the production – the racial slur in question had involved Goodes being called an ape. And that, as it turns out, was enough for Goodes to lose all faith in their relationship.
Speaking at a corporate function, the 2014 Australian of the Year, dual Brownlow Medallist and dual AFL premiership player stated, “I would have liked to have called Eddie a friend before that incident,” “To have a friend and someone there that night who shook my hand in the dressing room afterwards, to have him say what he did was disappointing and uncomfortable but that’s how friendships end.” “Friends don’t make jokes about their friends like that.”
McGuire had previously apologised for the racist gaffe – both on-air and to Goodes in person – but it seems that simply wasn’t enough, and Eddie is officially off the Goodes family Christmas card list.
Eddie for his part has not, as of yet, commented further on the matter.
Frankly, that’s probably a good thing.
Photo: Stefan Postles via Getty Images.
via Herald Sun.