Heritier Lumumba claims about Collingwood racism, Nathan Buckley, recording, response, reaction, AFL 360

Former Collingwood player Heritier Lumumba has been called on to release full versions of conversations with Nathan Buckley, which his former coach was not aware of were being taped.

Lumumba, who remains frustrated with the Magpies’ handling of accused past incidents of racism, released recordings of himself and Buckley on social media on Tuesday evening.

“I’ve given Nathan Buckley many years to grow and hopefully tell the truth. Unfortunately, he has used his platform and considerable profile to discredit me, including making insinuations about my mental health and being deliberately misleading about the past,” Lumumba said in a Twitter thread.

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As part of the thread, Lumumba shared roughly four minutes of conversations between himself and Buckley, which AFL 360‘s Gerard Whateley confirmed on Tuesday night Buckley did not know were being recorded.

The 2014 recordings appear to support previous claims by Lumumba that he was told he threw then-Collingwood president Eddie McGuire “under the bus” by speaking out when McGuire made racist comments about Adam Goodes.

“I asked Nathan Buckley tonight were you aware you were being recorded and he answered, quote, ‘I wasn’t aware, no’,” Whateley said on Fox Footy.

“Now that clearly raise annual ethical issues for all of us, but I sit in our legal briefings with Fox and with SEN every year, I’m obliged to, and we are told you cannot record an interview without the consent of the other person or without their knowledge, and if you do, it can’t be published.”

Lumumba played 199 games at Collingwood and was part of the 2010 premiership team. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource: News Corp Australia

Buckley responded directly to Lumumba on Twitter, asking him to put full, unedited versions of the conversations on the record.

“Heritier, I offer you the opportunity to put a full and uncut version of our conversations on public record so as to provide context to our conversations and the support that was provided to you above and beyond that which could be reasonably expected in the circumstances, ” the former coach said.

Lumumba also claimed he was pushed out of the club after speaking out about racism.

Buckley responded: “And facts??? You asked to be removed from the leadership group and…. You asked to be traded from the club. The club simply facilitated your requests.”

Buckley said on Melbourne radio earlier this week Lumumba was delivering “his perspective of the truth. But there are other versions of the truth that are a long way away from the way that he perceives it.”

On AFL 360host Mark Robinson backed Buckley’s call for any conversation to be shown in full.

“What I learned today is the accusation or the claim has been made before by Heritier that he was accused of throwing Eddie McGuire under the bus – that has been either denied or not confirmed by anyone in Collingwood,” Robinson said on Fox Footy.

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