Sam Newman is a retired AFL footballer who played for Geelong and is currently a television personality. He is a co-presenter on The Footy Show on the Nine Network.
Whilst Newman is considered to be one of Geelong’s greats, having played 300 games, won two Best & Fairests and been selected in Geelong’s Team of the Century, his post-playing career has seen him make racist, sexist and homophobic remarks to the point where most people consider him racist, sexist and homophobic.
In 1999 Newman blackened his face to impersonate Indigenous footballer Nicky Winmar. In 2009 he likened a Malaysian man to a monkey. In 2010 he revealed he had hit a golf ball from the top of Uluru, a site held sacred by Indigenous Australians.
In 2008 Newman mocked journalist Caroline Wilson by sticking a picture of her face to a naked mannequin and then experimenting with different clothes. In 2016, after colleague Eddie McGuire joked about drowning Wilson, Newman chimed in by calling Wilson an “embarrassment” and stated “even if you were underwater you’d still be talking.” He also called those who broke the story of McGuire’s comments “excrement.”
In 2014, after NFL player Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend upon hearing he’d been drafted to play for the St. Louis Rams, Newman labelled it an “annoying, gratuitous act” and “No heterosexual couple would do that.”
Sam Newman has been significant for the Nine Network, forcing them to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawsuit after lawsuit. But to the rest of society he’s an Insignificant Arsehair.