When the curtain was drawn on his 22-year presidency at Collingwood Football Club, McGuire was still dancing through an imaginary encore, launching his long list of successes to an audience that was largely turned off

On Monday last week, he stated that he was the man who would lead Collingwood through the challenging prospect of breaking free from the club’s systemic racist culture described in the leaked “Do Better” review

A review commissioned by Collingwood Football Club describes an organization that is more responsive to media coverage of a racist incident than to complaints made within the club

On Tuesday of that week, he resigned with immediate effect A 20-minute monologue revealed his inability to understand why he had to leave, stating, “We are not a racist association”

Thousands of signatures gathered from fans, sponsors who dislike being called out for their association with the club, and a board of directors who split between its stated commitment to systemic change and loyalty to its larger-than-life president is – everyone played their part urged McGuire to resign

The ado about his handling of the review, dubbed a “proud day” for the club, continued

Neither McGuire nor his supporters – Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews and AFL boss Gillon McLachlan – correctly judged the mood

It goes much deeper than it is known for the lifelong scars it leaves, the careers it ruins, and the unjust nature of the consequences that lie on the shoulders of the victims rather than the perpetrators

The national sentiment had shifted and many in the Collingwood setup saw this but felt powerless to make the necessary changes

“All of this goes back to the leadership of Collingwood Football Club – especially its board of directors – and the need to set the club’s vision and values ​​and drive structural change within the organization”

As the pressure built for Collingwood, one of the greatest moments came when all 150 Collingwood footballers and netball players signed an open letter of apology

They apologized to all those harmed by racism under the Collingwood banner

During his resignation yesterday, however, he offered the following: “We apologize, we are humble and we are also motivated to dismantle all structures of systemic racism”

Collingwood’s official response to the club’s internal report on racism was on the verge of apologizing directly to those affected, and while the players filled the void, is that enough?

It was the players who stood up when the lead was called in a turbulent, toxic week that showed no sign of fading

If the pressure did not find a relief valve, the consequences threatened to tear apart the “fraternity” of Collingwood

The Collingwood Integrity Committee, chaired by Board members Peter Murphy and Jodie Sizer along with Chairman Mark Anderson, paved the way for change by pressing for a review of racism and for the “truth” in last June In relation to the club environment he uncovered, former player Héritier Lumumba and his own harmful experiences looked

If McGuire had refused to leave, and so many publicly and privately asserted that he was unable to serve the final mission for which he declared himself fit, it would be easy to imagine some on the board decided that their own positions were untenable

The lens of control will watch closely as Collingwood searches for his new president and begins his cultural realignment, but the scope has also widened

The Do Better review stated that Collingwood is not the only AFL club with a racism problem

People like Héritier Lumumba, Nicky Winmar, Gilbert McAdam, Robert Muir, and Joel Wilkinson will be keen watchers of Collingwood’s next move, writes Russell Jackson

While the focus has been on McGuire for the past week, if he’s gone he could turn to others – like AFL executive director Gillon McLachlan and AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder and the roles of their respective organizations

Remarkably, McGuire’s resignation may be remembered as one of his greatest legacies – making the club he loves become what he is committed to

When former Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes exclaimed a 13-year-old Collingwood supporter for calling him a monkey in 2013, there was outrage

Today, racism is highlighted, and the consequences are now for the perpetrators and those who did not call them

As the symbolic leader of a club whose own report found it littered with racial abuse, Eddie McGuire’s resignation is a profound moment for Collingwood and the entire community

No Eddie McGuire resigned because the club he headed for 22 years has a racism problem

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