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Nathan Buckley slams Heritier Lumumba for ‘throwing McGuire under the bus’ during explosive row


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Nathan Buckley slammed Heritier Lumumba for ‘throwing Eddie McGuire under the bus’ during explosive row that was secretly recorded – as ex-coach calls for full audio to be released

  • Heritier Lumumba has released audio of an explosive row with Nathan Buckley 
  • The previous Collingwood star has aimed numerous accusations on the club 
  • Buckley may be heard slamming Lumumba for going ‘rogue’ on racism claims 

Nathan Buckley accused Heritier Lumumba of ‘throwing Eddie McGuire under the bus’ after the previous Collingwood star released footage of an explosive row between the pair on Twitter.

Lumumba is within the midst of a heated back-and-forth with the club having accused the Magpies of tolerating a racist culture, while on Monday he claimed that hardcore pornography was shown in a team meeting. 

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Buckley refused to comment on the accusations when contacted by the Herald Sun, but told SEN Radio that he has ‘one other version of the reality’.

‘There are other versions of the reality which can be a great distance away from the best way that he perceives it,’ Buckley said on Monday.

Now, Lumumba has released audio footage of a tense conversation with Buckley back in 2014, in his last season with the Pies. 

McGuire had caused controversy by claiming that indigenous footy star Adam Goodes ought to be used to advertise the musical King Kong, and Lumumba was unwilling to defend the previous club president. 

Within the clip posted to Twitter, Buckley says to Lumumba: ‘You threw him under the bus. You threw him under the bus, mate.’

Lumumba intervenes: ‘I didn’t throw him under the bus, and we will not undergo that again.

Heritier Lumumba has released audio footage of an explosive row with Nathan Buckley

The former Collingwood coach is heard slamming Lumumba for 'throwing Eddie McGuire under the bus' over his response to the 'King Kong' row

The previous Collingwood coach is heard slamming Lumumba for ‘throwing Eddie McGuire under the bus’ over his response to the ‘King Kong’ row

‘This is an element of my issue, because you continue to imagine that, and that is what hurts me a lot Bucks, and I do know you have carried it this whole time.’

Buckley replies: ‘What the entire thing comes back to is, do you truly take into consideration the most effective interests of the football club?

‘You’ve got change into a little bit of a rogue and you may call it leadership but you have principally gone on your individual, not tangents, but on your individual crusades at times.’

4/ Here you may hear me telling Buckley how I used to be ostracised for speaking out about Eddie McGuire’s racist comments about Adam Goodes – and Buckley responding by accusing me of going ‘rogue’ and throwing McGuire ‘under the bus.’ This was recorded in 2014 just before I used to be traded. pic.twitter.com/tVszozrw0k

— Héritier Lumumba (@iamlumumba) May 10, 2022

Fox Sports report that Buckley was not aware that his conversation with Lumumba was recorded, and the previous coach replied to the 35-year-old’s Twitter thread demanding he release the ‘full and uncut’ version of the audio clip.

‘Heritier, I give you the chance to place a full and uncut version of our conversations on public record in order to supply context to our conversations and the support that was provided to you above and beyond that which may very well be reasonably expected within the circumstances.’ 

Lumumba’s latest revelation comes after he unearthed evidence contained in a document he was going to present to the Magpies as a part of the club’s ‘Do Higher’ report into racism. 

Lumumba posted a lengthy thread on Twitter and Buckley has demanded the former footy star release the 'full and uncut' version of the conversation

Lumumba posted a lengthy thread on Twitter and Buckley has demanded the previous footy star release the ‘full and uncut’ version of the conversation

Considered one of the ex-star’s most startling claims is that an assistant coach showed players a pornographic photo during a team meeting.

‘Considered one of the team rules was to ‘come forward’, so he showed a picture of a bunch of about five or more men ejaculating on a girl’s face with the words ‘come forward’ as a caption,’ Lumumba wrote.

‘Nathan Buckley was the pinnacle coach and seemed unfazed by all of it.’

Buckley said on Monday: ‘The club have, from my understanding tried to work with Héritier and other Indigenous players, who’ve been a part of systemic racism situations over the course of the club’s history. 

‘I’m joyful to have interaction with the club nonetheless they want, but Héritier hasn’t been satisfied with that and that is why we’re where we’re at.

‘Plainly Héritier doesn’t actually need to maneuver forward unless, I do not know, he needs heads to roll. I do not know exactly what he’s on the lookout for, or what his requirements are to feel like he has been heard, because that is actually what we have now tried to do.

‘He has been apologised to – I’ve apologised to him, the club has apologised to him … for the environment that he’s been in – and never just Héritier – but the opposite Indigenous players.

‘Other areas once we speak about – misogyny, homophobia, those cultural features of an organisation – football clubs have come a great distance. We’re talking about things which have happened 10 to fifteen years ago, and if you remove context and produce it into the present day, it sounds much more abhorrent than it could have been then.’ 


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