AFL star reveals league made him 'feel like a piece of dirt' early in career
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Hawthorn star Chad Wingard said he was made to feel like "a piece of dirt" by the AFL and clubs early in his career by not calling out racial abuse directed towards him on social media.
The 26-year-old put himself on a "mainstream media" ban following the death of George Floyd in the US at the hands of police, saying Australian media were only showing the negativity surrounding the resulting riots and protests, while brushing over racial inequalities in Australia.

Speaking on The Advertiser's 'Black Australia' podcast, Wingard said he had spoken to former footballer Tony Armstong after he went public with a story of being racially profiled in Melbourne, with Wingard recounting a similar story from his days with Port Adelaide.

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"I'm not at Port (Adelaide) now so I can say it - we used to have a choccy run, go to the shops the night before a game and get a couple of chocolates," Wingard said.

"Me, Jakey Neade, Alipate Carlile and Jackson Trengove used to come with us, but this…
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