Dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes says Eddie McGuire’s racial gaffe last year ended their friendship.
The AFL superstar told a business breakfast in Sydney on Monday: “Friends don’t make jokes about their friends like that.”
News Corp Australia reported that Goodes said he would still shake the hand of the Collingwood president and broadcaster in a professional environment.
“But from a friendship point of view, unfortunately I have lost one there,” Goodes said.
McGuire sparked controversy last May when he suggested on radio that Goodes should be flown down to Melbourne promote the King Kong musical.
He later apologised, describing it as a slip of the tongue.
It came just days after he had apologised to Goodes on behalf of his club after a 13-year-old female Collingwood supporter called Goodes an ape during the Swans’ match against the Magpies.
Goodes told Monday’s Corporate Club Australia breakfast he bore no anger toward the girl but had no regrets about pointing her out and asking security to remove her from the MCG.
“It was just a natural part of what I would do on a footy field,” he said.
“It was part of me acting instinctively.
“Would I do the same thing? Yeah I definitely would.
“Casual racism now is starting to be an issue and people are starting to bring it up in their own circle, their own family and friends.”