Eddie McGuire has broken his silence for the first time since he resigned as Collingwood president, maintaining that others took his controversial comments after a report into racism at the club “the wrong way”.
McGuire stepped down as Collingwood president in early February, a little more than a week after he said the release of the club’s Do Better report – which found evidence of systemic racism at the Magpies – was a “proud day” for the organisation.
The Pies president of 23 years initially apologised for using the “proud day” description, but that apology was not enough to save him.
The report was sparked by claims of racism suffered at the club by 2010 premiership player Heritier Lumumba.
McGuire has, unusually for him, not been heard from in public since that resignation, but he spoke on Channel Nine’s Footy Classified, where he is a host, on Wednesday night.
“People took what I said the wrong way,” McGuire said. “I suppose this is the thing, I’ve thought long and hard about this; How did I miss this? How did I muck this up? How did people take it the wrong way?
“Clearly what I was saying was for 12 months we had been working on this report, it is something that is a big part of my life, everyone in football’s life. We hate racism. We are working so hard on equality.
“Whether you get done for a misstep in a press conference, that’s neither here nor there. The point of the situation was I was very proud that we had taken the step, a step that no one else has done.