Scott Pendlebury breaks silence as Heritier Lumumba attacks Collingwood

Scott Pendlebury has damaged his silence on Collingwood’s racism saga however the AFL captain has refused to have interaction with Heritier Lumumba’s newest criticism.

Magpies footballers and netballers issued a press release on Thursday evening to say “sorry to anybody who … has been marginalised, damage or discriminated in opposition to on account of their race”.

Collingwood, president Eddie McGuire and the board are but to apologise themselves for what an unbiased evaluation termed “profound and enduring hurt” to First Nations and African gamers.

McGuire later apologised for referring to Monday’s launch of the damning report – which discovered the membership responsible of systemic racism – as a “proud day”.

The taking part in group’s assertion arrived two days after the president’s backflip.

“Now we have a voice and clearly the ‘Do Higher’ report was pretty damning. We have to converse on behalf of the athletes at this soccer membership,” Pendlebury advised 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mark Stevens.

“All of the gamers put our heads collectively. It took some time to get out what we wished to say – the extra we sat on it the extra issues that got here out.

Scott Pendlebury and Heritier Lumumba at a 2013 training session.
Scott Pendlebury and Heritier Lumumba at a 2013 coaching session. Credit score: Getty

“To this point the response has been pretty overwhelming however we’ve additionally spoken about the truth that there’s a whole lot of work to go. It’s not simply the letter goes out (and we’re achieved).

“We’ve bought a whole lot of issues we now have to place in place – the 18 suggestions that we will do as a soccer membership to get higher. As gamers and athletes we’re eager to see how that performs out and what position we have to play in that to ensure this membership is a greater membership transferring ahead.”

Lumumba on Friday acknowledged the gamers’ “real sentiment” however described it as “unusual” and advised the membership’s involvement was one other “device for harm management”.

“I don’t doubt the sincerity of gamers once they say they’re ashamed of staying silent and have been shocked by the contents of the leaked #CFCDoBetter report,” he wrote.

“Nevertheless, a number of issues needs to be famous: it’s unusual that younger gamers – who are usually not liable for the administration and tradition of the membership – have issued an unconditional assertion acknowledging hurt when the administration and management of the membership have but to take action.”

Lumumba requested why the membership’s black gamers and workers needs to be apologising for racism, and questioned the membership’s media staff.

“Sadly, this feels just like the membership utilizing the real sentiment of some gamers and workers as a device for harm management. This explains the lukewarm public response to the letter,” he wrote.

“I proceed to be overwhelmed by Collingwood members and followers expressing their disgrace and regret over the membership’s previous, as nicely as their frustrations that the membership can’t merely do the identical.”

Pendlebury refused to instantly deal with his long-time teammate’s response to the apology or Lumumba’s ongoing criticisms in regards to the membership.

“As gamers we put this letter collectively, we felt like we had a voice, we would have liked to have a voice,” Pendlebury advised 7NEWS.

“It’s larger than people and I don’t need to get caught in particular person battles as a result of that doesn’t play out nicely for anybody.”

Pendlebury and Lumumba have been teammates for 9 years earlier than Lumumba left the membership in 2014 on the finish of Pendlebury’s first yr as captain.

In the meantime, Lumumba has additionally known as out Nathan Buckley, who has but to talk publicly on the evaluation, for the Collingwood coach’s present stance on remarks made up to now.

The tweet was hooked up to a clip of Buckley discussing Lumumba’s psychological well being “points, issues or challenges” after he first went public in regards to the ‘chimp’ nickname.

“Just a few months in the past, Nathan Buckley despatched me an e-mail inviting me to return again to Collingwood to see ‘how a lot the membership had modified’,” Lumumba wrote on Friday.

“Thanks Bucks – simply need to know, do you continue to stand by these feedback? Easy sure or no will do.”