AFL 2022: Adam Goodes Sydney Swans premiership reunion no-show, racism, booing scandal

Adam Goodes will reportedly be a glaring omission when the Swans make a special presentation at their game this weekend.

Australian sporting icon Adam Goodes will be missing when the Swans celebrate their 2012 premiership this weekend.

The two-time Brownlow medallist’s relationship with the AFL remains a mystery ever since his famous decision to last year reject an induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame because of the way he was booed out of the game towards the end of his 372-game career.

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The 2014 Australian of the Year has not been a recluse since his retirement in 2015 and has previously attended and been active in helping to organise Swans charity events.

However, he was not part of the motorcade for retired players at the 2015 Grand Final and has previously declined invitations to AFL events like the Brownlow Medal.

He will be missing from the most significant part of the club’s 10-year reunion for its premiership players from the 2012 season on Saturday.

While his relationship with the club has never been questioned, his decision to reject a chance to return to the AFL field during the Swans’ Round 8 clash with the Gold Coast at the SCG has put his prickly relationship with the league in the spotlight.

Last month it was widely suggested that the league’s failure to support Goodes and its failure to apologise to him immediately following his retirement will be remembered as one of the blots on outgoing chief executive Gillon McLachlan’s tenure.

It took until 2019 for the 18 AFL clubs and the league to make a combined, unreserved apology to the champion footballer.

However,The Sydney Morning Herald now reports, Goodes’ decision to skip the on-field ceremonial part of the reunion is simply a case of having a previously-organised family engagement.

The report reveals Goodes will be attending team dinners on the Friday night and Saturday night, but won’t be at the SCG during the afternoon game.

Of all the coaches and players invited, only Goodes, Shane Mumford, Rhys Shaw and Ryan O’Keefe won’t be attending. Shaw, Mumford and O’Keefe all have coaching commitments.

The rest of the 2012 premiership squad will take part in a lap of honour before the Suns clash and will form an honour guard as the Swans run onto the field.

Goodes achieved everything possible in the AFL — two Brownlow medals, two Premierships, four All-Australian berths, a place in the Indigenous Team of the Century, 372 games and even becoming the 2014 Australian of the Year.

But despite all his achievements, Goodes will always be remembered for the final years before his exit from the AFL spotlight, when the Swans legend was repeatedly racially abused.

Two documentaries were released on the subject with The Final Quarter and The Australian Dream covering the topic.

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