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      Ex-player Joel Wilkinson has accused the Australian Football League of racism and said he plans to lodge a claim with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

      Wilkinson http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/damien-wilson-jersey , who was born in Sydney and is of Nigerian descent, played 26 matches in the top-flight national league for the Gold Coast Suns from 2011 to 2013.

      “I’m here because I won’t be silenced anymore and what has happened has been a continuous breach of human rights,” Wilkinson said while reading from a statement on Thursday. “I have suffered extreme racism during my time in the AFL and post my career.”

      Wilkinson, who had unsuccessful tryouts at cornerback with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants, said he was racially abused by an opposing player during his first AFL game for Gold Coast in 2011.

      The following year, he said was racially abused by a supporter of the Collingwood club during a match in Melbourne.

      He didn’t get another contract after leaving the Suns after the 2013 season, although he did feature in a “Making A Stand” video produced by the AFL’s media department in 2014 where he discussed the devastating impact racism had on his career. The video was part of the AFL’s 2014 club education program, which the league said was designed “to promote safe Rico Gathers Jersey , welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone involved in football.”

      Other players, including Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes, who has Aboriginal heritage and has won an Australian of the Year honor for his work against racism, have been the target of a racist slurs while playing in the top level of the league.

      Wilkinson’s lawyer Will Barsby said two other former players had made contact following Wilkinson’s recent accusations against the league, but didn’t identify the players and said it was unclear whether the two also wanted to take legal action.

      Barsby said Wilkinson lost his place at the Suns because he became too much trouble.

      “He was labelled as a grandstander … Joel experienced much racism during his time (in the AFL) and that has been documented publicly,” Barsby said. “That became a problem and like any workplace, sometimes an employer doesn’t want to keep that perceived problem child around.”

      The AFL issued a statement saying it respected “a person’s right to pursue claims through the legal system”, while noting it was sorry Wilkinson had been racially abused during his time as a footballer.

      “We will continue to work with Joel to resolve this matter Brandon Scherff Jersey ,” the AFL statement said.

      Australian rules was developed in the late 1850s and has similarities to Ireland’s Gaelic football, but uses an oval-shaped ball and teams comprising 18 players score points by kicking the ball between four upright posts at each end of the field.

      The Victorian Football League was formed in 1896 and eventually became the Australian Football League when the competition expanded across the country. It remains the only professional Australians Rules league in the world.

      Wilkinson had a background in track and field before taking up Aussie rules later in high school. He was a member of the Suns squad when the club first joined the AFL in 2011.

      Jon Gruden finally decided the time was right to finish what he nearly achieved in his first stint in Oakland and deliver another Super Bowl title to the Raiders.

      Nearly 16 years after he was traded to Tampa Bay following a crushing loss in the ”Tuck Rule” game in New England and after a six-year courtship by Raiders owner Mark Davis, Gruden is officially back in Oakland where he started his head coaching career 20 years ago.

      Gruden was introduced Tuesday in front of a large crowd that included nearly 50 former Raiders and nine Pro Football Hall of Famers as the coach Davis believes can carry Derek Carr and the Raiders back to the top.

      The Raiders nearly got there in Gruden’s first stint from 1998-2001 but the team lost to Baltimore in the 2000 AFC title game and followed that with the memorable loss in the snow against the Patriots that still haunts the franchise.

      Gruden was then traded to Tampa Bay the following month for four draft picks and $8 million. He beat Oakland in the Super Bowl the next season but always identified with the Raiders.

      ”For my career to end that night in New England, it still ticks me off,” Gruden said. ”I’m so thrilled to be back here. I hope people understand the emotion inside. I feel there’s unfinished business. I also feel a lot of loyalty and I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again. It’s been a while since we consistently performed at a high level. That’s all I care about.

      ”I’m going to do everything I can to help this team get right again.”

      Davis said he had been trying to bring Gruden back for six years ever since taking over the franchise following his father’s death. He said he thought he had been close four times before and the opportunity was finally right this year after more than a dozen cross-country recruiting trips to Tampa, Florida.

      Davis said he first got an inkling Gruden might be ready to return when he met with him during the season when the Raiders spent a week in Florida to talk about how to fix a team that was struggling after winning 12 games a year ago under Jack Del Rio.

      Talks became even more serious when they met on Christmas Eve before the Raiders played in Philadelphia in a game Gruden worked for ESPN. That led Davis to decide to cut ties with Del Rio and finalize a deal with Gruden.

      Gruden will get a 10-year contract worth about $100 million, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity because terms had not been released.

      ”Everybody knows I’ve been infatuated with him or whatever to get him here, but they really didn’t know how deep our conversations were going Montae Nicholson Jersey , how far along we were in that to make it happen,” Davis said. ”Somebody asked me, what was harder – to get the 31 votes to move to Las Vegas? Or to get Jon Gruden? And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest.”

      Gruden returns to the sideline after nine seasons as an announcer at ESPN. He said he’s eager to take over a team with a promising young quarterback in Carr.

      Gruden said he hopes the familiarity with new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen, who had that role in Carr’s rookie season in 2014, will help Carr bounce back after regressing this season from the form that made him an MVP candidate in 2016.

      The Raiders had major drops in scoring (26 to 18.8), yards per game (373.3 to 324.1) and committed twice as many turnovers (14 to 28) this season as Carr took a major step back in his development after signing a $125 million, five-year extension in the offseason.

      ”I think he’s got huge upside,” Gruden said. ”With Greg Olsen and the system we will put in place that will demand a lot from him Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , I think that’s going to unlock the greatness in him. I’m very, very excited to have him as our quarterback.”

      Gruden also has hired former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and former Dallas special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia for those roles on his new staff.

      Gruden brings intensity to the sideline and the meeting rooms that made him a fan favorite in his first stint, earning him the nickname ”Chucky” after the character in the 1980s slasher movie ”Child’s Play.”

      Some of Gruden’s former players said the new Raiders are in for something they’ve never experienced before.

      ”Either you buy in or you’re not going to be a part of it,” said Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who played one year for Gruden. ”I hope these players are ready because they’re going to get Chucky. They’re going to get him. Now how they deal with that is a different story, but Chucky’s going to come out.”

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