Adam Goodes says he’s sorry if his war cry dance offended Carlton AFL supporters but critics of his celebration should take a chill pill.
The 35-year-old indigenous icon produced the dance after kicking a goal in the second quarter of Sydney’s 60-point win over Carlton at the SCG on Friday night.
The celebration provoked mixed reactions after it was done in front of Carlton supporters, some of who clearly took umbrage.
Goodes said it would have been silly to do it in front of the Swans supporters as it was a war cry dance.
He said he had hoped to perform the dance while with the Indigenous All Stars team, but hadn’t been able to do so for a variety of reasons.
He felt the indigenous round was the appropriate time to perform it.
“The indigenous All Stars game might not even happen again, so to do that war cry (last night), that might be my only opportunity to do that,” Goodes said on Saturday.
“I was just grateful to be able to do it and for the right people to embrace it for what it was.
“And everybody else take a chill pill, understand what I was doing.
“If there was Carlton supporters offended by it, I’m sorry but it’s a war cry, it’s a battle.”
Media personality and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has reportedly described the dance as violent and aggressive.
“If he feels like it offended him, I feel sorry for Eddie, it’s just something that a lot of Aboriginal people are proud about,” Goodes said.
“You ask any New Zealander about the haka.
“Do you you think the Wallabies get their back up and feel that’s offensive?”