‘Not interested in having you’: Mitchell calls out racist social media trolls after Hawks’ win


Hawthorn celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their 2014 premiership in style with a 27-point victory over Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks led from start to finish in another impressive performance, with the home side dominant from the first bounce and 29 points clear at half time, with vice-captain Dylan Moore arguably best on ground with a career-high five goals and 27 disposals.

However, in his post-match press conference, coach Sam Mitchell began with an impassioned plea calling out racist abuse on social media towards one of his players.

While reluctant to go into detail about the match day incident, Mitchell made it clear that racism was not going to be tolerated at the club.

“I don’t want to go into it but I just want to put it out there – if you have any form of racism in you as a Hawthorn person, we are not interested in having you as part of our club,” Mitchell said.

An emotional Sam Mitchell opened his press conference with this after one of Hawthorn’s players was vilified in a racial social media post today.

“Any one of those who ever wears brown and gold, we don’t want you.” @FOXFOOTY pic.twitter.com/g8OQbrMFm2

— David Zita (@DavidZita1) June 1, 2024

“While we’re all enjoying a fantastic win and we should all be enjoying it, unfortunately some parts of our Hawthorn family can’t enjoy it because of what heroes on their keyboards think they are capable of doing.

Taking a strong stance, the 41-year-old said if any online racists ‘wear brown and gold’ they would not be accepted at the Hawks.

After losing its first five games of the season, the young Hawks have five wins from their past seven matches.

But for a short lapse of judgement against Port Adelaide where they gave up a 41-point lead to lose by a solitary point, the Hawks would have won five consecutive games and six of their past seven.

Milestone man Jack Gunston, who was celebrating his 250th game, put the icing on the cake with his third goal for the match in the final minute.

The triple premiership star showed glimpses of the Gunston of old with precision in his 14 possessions and took seven marks while booting three goals.

Fans of the brown and gold will be glad to see the players have put away the heartbreak of their loss to the Power, showing resolve in the face of a third-quarter comeback by the Crows to quickly reassert control.

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The one blemish was defender Changkuoth Jiath being placed on report during the second quarter for headbutting Crows defender Mitch Hinge, with nervous wait ahead to find out the outcome from MRO Michael Christian.

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