Former Port Adelaide player Kane Cornes believes Taylor Walker’s seemingly scripted video apology following a racial slur directed towards SANFL player Robbie Young “is not going to cut it”.
Walker was suspended for six matches and fined $20,000 for a racist comment directed at the North Adelaide player on July 17.
In a video posted to the Adelaide Football Club’s website, the Crows veteran appeared alongside Young and apologised to his family and the wider Indigenous community.
“Robbie expressed his feelings to me to sit next to me today,” Walker said in the video.
“I’m so thankful that you’re here mate, sitting next to me. Thank you for accepting my apology. You’ve shown huge courage and support to me.”
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But Cornes was unimpressed with Walker’s response, criticising the Adelaide forward for not fronting the media and answering questions.
“I’m not sure who is advising Taylor Walker. His management group, this is why you pay them three per cent of your wage,” Cornes told Footy Classified on Monday evening.
“He needs to front the wider media and answer questions.
“I’m not sure we’ve learnt anything from that video that we didn’t already read in the statement that he apologised (in) on Friday.
“He had to be courageous and front up like his coach did, like his CEO did at the difficult times and speak and answer those questions so we can learn more about this situation and what the next steps are.
“A staged and scripted video that was released by the club at 6.20pm on a Monday night before news deadlines is not going to cut it.”
However, Cornes believes the former Crows captain will represent Adelaide again next year despite the controversy.
“He’s business partners with Mark Ricciuto, they’re close colleagues, they work together and he’s the most influential figure at the Adelaide Football Club,” he said.
Footy Classified host Craig Hutchison echoed Cornes’ remarks, suggesting Walker’s scripted response achieved very little.