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Sheahan quits podcast over Winmar comments

Apology: Mike Sheahan.

Apology: Mike Sheahan.

Veteran AFL journalist Mike Sheahan has quit the podcast he recorded with Sam Newman and Don Scott after former St Kilda star Nicky Winmar launched legal action over controversial claims the trio had made about his iconic 1993 gesture.

Sheahan, Newman, the Geelong great, and Scott, the former Hawthorn captain, had called into question whether Winmar’s decision to point to his skin in an “I’m black and I’m proud to be black” gesture to supporters at Victoria Park was about racial vilification or, as they suggested, more about the Saints winning that afternoon against Collingwood.

The claims drew a sharp response, with Winmar and photographer Wayne Ludbey, who captured the moment that has since become one of the most important in VFL-AFL history, launching legal action through prominent lawyer Leon Zwier.

Sheahan told friends on Friday he would quit the You Cannot Be Serious podcast after one final appearance and he did just that on Tuesday, confirming an Age report that he had taken a call from Indigenous AFL great Adam Goodes.

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