Coach Alastair Clarkson IV - HFC Racism Investigation Discussion

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Holy s**t. I've been intensely fascinated by her story ever since I found out about it. Her yoga studio was just up the road from where I am now. You and your mate dodged one there
I remember her saying that her son was a bit angry with the world and that he’d joined the French Foreign Legion. She gave the impression of being unaware of why he was angry. I could hazard a guess why.
 

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Ex-Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is entitled to exercise his legal options against his old club​

Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan and Jason Burt have been treated appallingly and it’s time the club pays for the role it played in vilifying them.


October 26, 2023 - 7:42PM
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AFL: Hawthorn are reportedly set to face a huge financial settlement with Alastair Clarkson following an investigation into racism allegations.


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Hawthorn Football Club should pay, and pay dearly, for the role it played in the vilification of three former employees, Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan and Jason Burt.
As a Hawks fan it pains me to say that the family club is guilty of trashing its own reputation, causing enormous damage to the reputations of three men – including the most successful coach in the club’s history – and now facing a seven-figure payout.
Former president Jeff Kennett can say all he likes about Hawthorn acting in good faith and following “correct procedures” but that defence rings hollow when it was the Hawks board who selected Phil Egan – who has since been hit with more than 70 criminal charges – to complete the Binmada Review.
A report so defective that not a single non-Indigenous or non-Maori individual was interviewed.
Jeff Kennett can say all he likes about Hawthorn acting in good faith and following ‘correct procedures’. Picture: Getty

Jeff Kennett can say all he likes about Hawthorn acting in good faith and following ‘correct procedures’. Picture: Getty
It was an activist report seemingly designed to find racism, whether it existed or not, and that’s precisely what it did.
The board members complicit in commissioning the deeply flawed “cultural safety review” that plunged the club into crisis must also depart the Hawks.
It’s astonishing that Ian Silk, the individual with the greatest culpability in selecting Egan, remains on the board.
This is also the man who campaigned for Hawthorn to dump their profitable poker machines, but then accepted a position to chair the Crown Melbourne board, a venue full of poker machines.
Hawthorn’s ineptness is not a defence.
It’s astonishing that Ian Silk is still on Hawthorn's board. Picture: Mitch Cameron

It’s astonishing that Ian Silk is still on Hawthorn's board. Picture: Mitch Cameron
It’s little comfort to the three men whose good names were slandered far and wide that the club acted incompetently rather than with malice.
To add insult to injury, the ‘racism report’ was leaked to the media.
Hawthorn weren’t responsible for the leak but that shouldn’t exonerate them for the harm caused to Clarkson, Fagan and Burt, who all stepped down from their respective roles in the immediate aftermath. Clarkson stepped away from the game again mid-season after the stress of the saga became too much for him.
When I first wrote about this scandal more than a year ago the media was apoplectic with rage; veteran footy writers did not expect either Fagan or Clarkson to coach again at AFL level.
Clarkson stepped away from the game mid-season after the stress of the saga became too much for him. Picture: Getty

Clarkson stepped away from the game mid-season after the stress of the saga became too much for him. Picture: Getty
The accounts of supposed ‘human rights abuses’ and racist bullying at the club were uncritically accepted despite the obvious shortcomings of the report.
As I wrote in September 2022:
“Any notion of due process died the moment grievous allegations were published from anonymous accusers who remain protected while the accused are named, shamed and systematically destroyed by a race-baiting media ravenous for a couple of big scalps.”
By any measure the three men, particularly Clarkson, were treated appallingly.
They were deemed guilty by a vociferous media and denied the assumption of innocence.
The impact of being slandered as racist monsters was devastating.
The trio were repeatedly defamed as racists, bigots and bullies on social media. In some instances, that abuse extended to their daily lives.
Former Hawthorn player Jordan Lewis described how Clarkson was denied service at a petrol station after the allegations were made public.
Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan (right) and Justin Burt (not pictured) have been treated appallingly. Picture: Colleen Petch

Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan (right) and Justin Burt (not pictured) have been treated appallingly. Picture: Colleen Petch
The Hawks now face a million-dollar payout to Clarkson and Fagan, as well as possible payouts to former aggrieved Indigenous players, and then there’s the AFL’s Meade investigation into the club’s handling of the cultural safety review which could result in penalties.
Frankly, it’s more than a little absurd for the AFL to be threatening penalties given its role in the unedifying saga including the pressure exerted on Clarkson and Fagan to admit to some form of ‘cultural insensitivity’ to make the issue go away.
Clarkson is entitled to exercise his legal options against the club and one would imagine he has a strong case against several media pundits, too.
Leading industrial relations lawyer George Haros, who was integral in securing Israel Folau a multimillion-dollar payout from Rugby Australia, believes Clarkson has multiple avenues of actions including defamation proceedings.
Clarkson is entitled to exercise his legal options. Picture: Getty

Clarkson is entitled to exercise his legal options. Picture: Getty
Haros, a partner at Gadens, told the Herald Sun that Clarkson was entitled to compensation if Hawthorn mismanaged the review.
“Loss could extend beyond remuneration to loss of sponsorship income and also for pain and suffering,” he said.
If you listen to those with intimate knowledge of board machinations, Kennett himself was played.
They allege that the former Victorian premier was the primary target of this damaging fiasco.

The men whose reputations were trashed were collateral damage.​

What hasn’t been written about is the quiet coup that occurred at the club with Labor-connected operatives from the “Hawks for Change” group taking control.
That’s a column for another day.
 

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SonofSamsquanch

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true - but this column kicks.
She is operating on the principle of "the enemy of my enemy" and in this case, the enemy she dispises the most is the one that she believes sought to investigate possible instances of racist behaviour. That triggered her and she has to seeth venom at the instigator (contractual obligation).
 

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Must not...agree...with....Panahi...must not...agree...with Panahi....oh ffs! Now she's trying to ruin my healthy and well considered contempt for Hawthorn.
Agree with her, just on the broken clock basis. Culture war bullshit in the media might've done more to divide people than just about anything else, but it will occasionally lead its usually detestable mouthpieces to a correct conclusion
 

Eggs11

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Can someone clarify for me what legitimate legal recourse Clarko has to pursue Hawthorn? I get defamation against Phil Egan, Rusty and ABC, but Hawks did not write about Clarko and I presume it can’t be proved that they leaked the story. Therefore I can’t see how they defamed him. If confidentiality clauses were in their contract with Egan then, as incompetent as the Hawks might be, I can’t see how Clarko has any legal recourse. Maybe it’s about providing an unsafe workplace? I guess there’s nothing stopping the AFL throwing Hawks under the bus anyway, but interested in any legal opinions as to what case Clarko might have against Hawks. Twinkletoes ?
 

the big lebowski

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Can someone clarify for me what legitimate legal recourse Clarko has to pursue Hawthorn? I get defamation against Phil Egan, Rusty and ABC, but Hawks did not write about Clarko and I presume it can’t be proved that they leaked the story. Therefore I can’t see how they defamed him. If confidentiality clauses were in their contract with Egan then, as incompetent as the Hawks might be, I can’t see how Clarko has any legal recourse. Maybe it’s about providing an unsafe workplace? I guess there’s nothing stopping the AFL throwing Hawks under the bus anyway, but interested in any legal opinions as to what case Clarko might have against Hawks. Twinkletoes ?

I would have thought he would have avenues via

- clarko is a former employee

- hawthorn decided to commission a “something” that defamed his character.

- it was specifically done with confidential promises.

- it found out extreme accusations

- it provided no ability for Clarkson to add anything to them

- the “something” that hawthorn were legally responsible for was leaked to the world
 
I would have thought he would have avenues via

- clarko is a former employee

- hawthorn decided to commission a “something” that defamed his character.

- it was specifically done with confidential promises.

- it found out extreme accusations

- it provided no ability for Clarkson to add anything to them

- the “something” that hawthorn were legally responsible for was leaked to the world
In a nutshell gross negligence.
 
Good to see RichLeMonde back talking sense on the bain moard thread.

The bit that still stuns me is that nobody at Hawthorn on receipt of a four page doc in multiple fonts looking as professional as Sheeds after a long lunch - complete with lurid anonymous allegations and demands for cash - went er hang on, is this legit?

Instead the Hawthstain line is oh we had to follow AFL procedures so we're all innocent now.

Its up there with the missing spreadsheet and the good thymosin.
 

Colby Cheer Squad

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Good to see RichLeMonde back talking sense on the bain moard thread.

The bit that still stuns me is that nobody at Hawthorn on receipt of a four page doc in multiple fonts looking as professional as Sheeds after a long lunch - complete with lurid anonymous allegations and demands for cash - went er hang on, is this legit?

Instead the Hawthstain line is oh we had to follow AFL procedures so we're all innocent now.

Its up there with the missing spreadsheet and the good thymosin.

It's further evidence that footy fans, unlike Rocky Burnette, never get tired of toeing the line.
 

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