TIMELINE OF THE ADAM GOODES BOOING CONTROVERSY:
* May 24, 2013: Goodes stops playing and points out a young Collingwood supporter in the crowd who called him an ape during Sydney’s clash with the Magpies at the MCG – the opening game of Indigenous Round. The 13-year-old girl later apologises to Goodes, saying she didn’t understand it was a racial slur
* May 29, 2013: Collingwood president Eddie McGuire fans the flames of the controversy when he suggests on his morning radio show that Goodes be involved in the promotion of a visiting production of the musical ‘King Kong’. He quickly apologises for the gaffe
* January, 2014: Goodes is made Australian of the Year and goes on to use that platform to highlight the state of race relations in Australia and push for improvements in indigenous health and other indigenous welfare issues
* May 29, 2015: Goodes performs an indigenous ‘war cry’ dance directed at Carlton fans after he kicks a goal during the Swans’ round-nine clash at the SCG. A proud Goodes stands by the controversial dance, saying it was a celebration of his indigenous heritage
* July 26, 2015: Goodes is loudly booed by sections of the Perth crowd during Sydney’s loss to West Coast, leading indigenous teammate Lewis Jetta to perform a similar war cry directed at supporters. After the game, Goodes tells the club’s website, “It’s just a continual battle at the moment. To have all that bad energy targeted towards me is disappointing.”
* July 28, 2015: Goodes is given two days off by the Swans to come to terms with the furore that erupts following events in Perth.
* July 29, 2015: Goodes reported to be so upset by the controversy that he is considering his future in the game and given indefinite leave by the club