Sherman out: No AFL, and should not play VFL

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    Justin Sherman made several racial slurs against first gamer Joel Wilkinson of the AFL’s newest club, the Gold Coast Suns, and received four weeks as a penalty. However, and this is a big however – Sherman is able to play in the VFL during the ban handed down from the AFL.

    Sherman will also be made to attend an education program and donate $5k to a charity stipulated by the Suns.

    From all reports, the two players have since spoken, ‘shaken hands’ and an apology accepted.

    According to AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson, the comments that were conveyed to the young Wilkinson were “bad enough” to hit deep.

    In today’s game, there is no room for racial slurs to still be existence and the AFL, in addition to all sports both at professional and amateur level, need to stamp this out all-together.

    Anderson further mentioned that he is confident players in general wholeheartedly understand and support the leagues stance against racism. Again, I point out that Sherman only received a four-week punishment from the AFL.

    For an organisation that says it is serious about embracing persons from different backgrounds and cultures and that racial taunts are not tolerated, the ban is an absolute joke.

    It was only a few weeks ago that Kangaroos player and Sudanese-born rookie Madjak Daw was racially abused whilst playing for affiliate team, Werribee. A Port Melbourne supporter was subsequently evicted from the ground by police officers.

    Paul Slattery, the coach of VFL side Werribee, was disgusted by the man’s actions. Slattery said “I would have thought we’re more advanced in this day and age than to be verbally abusing players in that manner.”

    For such a serious violation and pathetic act, the penalty in this instance does not match the crime – the VFL and the Western Bulldogs should not allow Sherman to play, perhaps this may hit harder when he next takes to the playing field.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • June 28th 2011 @ 8:48pm
      Seano said | June 28th 2011 @ 8:48pm | ! Report

      What a grub!!!!! He should have got 10 weeks, simple as that! Ben cousins got a year for getting on the gas and he gets 4 weeks? What a joke!

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    • Roar Pro

      June 28th 2011 @ 9:05pm
      camcallsthegame said | June 28th 2011 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

      Seano, the punishment really didn’t match the crime in this instance. I am interested to see if he play’s VFL this weekend.

    • Roar Guru

      June 29th 2011 @ 9:24am
      Redb said | June 29th 2011 @ 9:24am | ! Report

      I think Wiliamstown & the VFL are considering their options.

    • June 29th 2011 @ 10:31am
      John Alexander said | June 29th 2011 @ 10:31am | ! Report

      Seano, I would be interested to know your definition of “getting on the gas”. I thought I’d been on the gas before, but maybe not if we’re talking Ben Cousins substances!

    • June 29th 2011 @ 12:10pm
      Jaceman said | June 29th 2011 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

      Got a fine – you dont want to marginalise him by not letting him play otherwise he could hide away – playing in the VFL where he would be on show and have to listen to the barbs of other players and crowd may be good medicine….

    • June 30th 2011 @ 8:25pm
      JBomb said | June 30th 2011 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

      You really call the game cam. Thanks for the great article will be adding this to my favourites.

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