Edmund “rock solid comfortable” with Treloar story following Buckley response

SEN’s Chief Sports Reporter Sam Edmund is standing by his story that Adam Treloar was told last week that senior members of Collingwood didn’t want him part of the football club in 2021.

After Edmund broke the story on Monday afternoon, Pies coach Nathan Buckley responded on Twitter – the first time any official from the club has spoken on the simmering tensions between Treloar and Collingwood.

“The constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters,” Buckley tweeted on Monday.

“We’ll continue to communicate directly and sensitively with (Treloar) and his management.

“FYI, our leaders don’t sit on list management, it’s not their job.”

Speaking on SEN’s Bob and Andy, Edmund said he was still “rock solid comfortable” on his explosive story.

“You know that tweet is going to come from Nathan Buckley,” Edmund said.

“I’m not an elder statesman of the media, but I have been around long enough to know what stories are the hand grenades and what ones are the feather dusters.

“I think it’s fair to say I went in to this one eyes wide open – I double and triple checked the messaging and everything around it to make sure I was 150 per cent sure.

“And even then, such is the explosive nature of it that I was reluctant and thought whether it’s worth the grief.

“I am rock solid comfortable with that version of events.

“Adam Treloar is extremely popular at Colingwood. I can tell you that conversation between Nathan Buckley and Adam Treloar absolutely took place.

“People have been wondering what will happen next with Adam Treloar. I think this shows they absoutely want his contract off the books.”

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Essendon’s Daniher could return to footy this weekend: Edmund

Joe Daniher will return to football this week, but Essendon is weighing up where his much-anticipated comeback will be staged.

Despite his long absence, the Bombers have not ruled out taking Daniher to the top end on Friday for the history-making Dreamtime in Darwin clash with Richmond the following night.

Essendon sources said Daniher had a “small chance” of playing at the top level this weekend. But after not playing since Round 9 last season and only 11 matches since the start of 2018 due to a debilitating groin injury, it is said that the more likely scenario has him playing in a scratch match on the Gold Coast.

The decision rests on how satisfied the Dons coaching staff is with the quality and quantity of Daniher’s training sessions.

However, Essendon officials are scrambling to arrange that scratch match given they will have staff required in Darwin and perhaps only 6-8 players available given their injury issues.

There might be three or four teams involved in this match simulation, which is becoming a more common occurrence late in the season.

Winless since Round 8, the Bombers will be bolstered by the return of Devon Smith, Aaron Francis, Tom Bellchambers and Mason Redman for the Tigers game.
Jake Stringer (ankle), Cale Hooker (calf) and Orazio Fantasia (calf) are also close.

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John Lewis: Civil rights hero crosses historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for final time | US News

US congressman John Lewis has made his final journey across a historic bridge central to the civil rights movement.

The casket of the late Mr Lewis, who died on 17 July, was taken across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday in a horse-drawn carriage draped with an American flag.

Crowds gathered to watch the casket go over the bridge, 55 years after Mr Lewis and other civil rights marchers were beaten there on what became known as Bloody Sunday.

Footage from the procession showed people cheering, clapping and shouting “thank you, sir”, and red rose petals were also strewn across the bridge as part of the proceedings.

The casket of John Lewis is carried over the Edmund Pettus Bridge

On 7 March 1965, non-violent demonstrators calling for equal voting rights for black Americans marched across the bridge.

But they were met by Alabama state troopers, at the direction of segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace, and beaten brutally.

Mr Lewis was attacked so badly during the incident that his scars were visible decades later.

But the activists refused to be prevented from campaigning for their rights, and successfully walked across the bridge two weeks later on 21 March.

The brutality of Bloody Sunday inspired President Lyndon Johnson to demand Congress approve legislation removing barriers to votes for black Americans, and lawmakers passed the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The bridge was made a US national landmark in 2013.

Crowds of people gathered in Selma to pay their respects to the hero
Crowds of people gathered in Selma to pay their respects to the hero

Sunday’s procession is one of a series of events to be held in memory of Mr Lewis, who was the last surviving member of the so-called Big Six leaders who organised the march.

The first memorial event was on Saturday in Mr Lewis’s hometown of Troy, Alabama.

His body will lie in state at the US capital next week before his private funeral on Thursday at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was previously led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

John Lewis was one of the Big Six leaders who organised the march
John Lewis was one of the Big Six leaders who organised the march

Mr Lewis died aged 80, several months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Born in 1950, he was a sharecropper’s son and went on to play an important role in campaigning against segregation and racial biogtry.

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, he was a fiercely determined champion of non-violent protests.

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Mr Lewis turned to politics in 1981, when he was elected to the Atlanta City Council.

He won his seat in Congress in 1986 and spent much of his career in the minority.

After the Democrats won control of the House in 2006, Lewis became his party’s senior deputy whip, a behind-the-scenes leadership post in which he helped keep the party unified.

He remained in his position in the House until his death, which was met by tributes from leading Democrats including former president Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Ms Pelosi hailed him as “one of the greatest heroes of American history”, while Mr Obama said Mr Lewis “gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice (and) inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example”.

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