AFL 2021: Willie Rioli drugs case, AFL Anti-Doping tribunal, West Coast Eagles, Adam Simpson, Elliot Yeo injury, return


West Coast coach Adam Simpson fears suspended forward Willie Rioli may not play at AFL level again, while Elliot Yeo appears unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2021 season.

Rioli finally had his case heard last month, having been provisionally suspended after allegedly tampering with a urine sample during a drug test after an Eagles training session in late 2019. Weeks later he tested positive for cannabis on game day.

A verdict from an AFL anti-doping tribunal hearing is expected this month and Simpson says he “absolutely” has concerns about the premiership player’s AFL future.

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“We’ll deal with it. He’ll get some clarity in the next couple of weeks and we’ll go from there,” Simpson said.



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After Elliot Page’s coming out, here’s how to support someone transgender: Don’t deadname and other tips


Samantha Allen, author of “Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States,” finds it striking how differently news organizations and social media users talked about Page vs. Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as transgender in 2015. The deadnaming in Page’s case “was much less frequent, or if it was happening, it was in accordance with GLAAD’s guidelines,” Allen says, pointing to media resources the advocacy group has published in light of Page’s announcement. GLAAD recommends only referring to Page as Elliot Page, except in singular instances when it may be necessary to identify how Page was known to the public before coming out. It also recommends describing Page as a nonbinary, transgender person. “Both transgender and nonbinary are umbrella terms that describe many different types of experiences,” GLAAD wrote. “In page’s case, it can be used like this: ‘Elliot Page describes themself as transgender and nonbinary, meaning that their gender identity is neither man nor woman.’”



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Ellen Page publicly comes out as a transgender male named Elliot, says: ‘My pronouns are he/they’


Ellen Page publicly comes out as a transgender male named Elliot telling fans in a statement: ‘My pronouns are he/they’

  • The 33-year-old Oscar-nominated actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with the revelation 
  • It began: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, My pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot’
  • The Umbrella Academy star’s statement also came with changes to the social media account as it is now @TheElliotPage 
  • Elliot has been married to wife Emma Portner since 2018; Emma voiced her support for her partner on Instagram, writing, ‘I am so proud of @elliotpage’
  • The actor, who shot to global fame after starring in 2007 movie Juno alongside Jason Bateman, publicly came out as gay in 2016

Oscar-nominated star Ellen Page has come out as a transgender male named Elliot, six years after he publicly revealed he was gay.

The 33-year-old actor, who has been married to dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with the revelation, writing: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.

‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To have arrived at this place in my life.’ 

Elliot, who received an Oscar nod for their role in the hit 2008 movie Juno, asking his followers and fans for ‘patience’, admitting that he is ‘scared’ of the ‘invasiveness, the hate, the jokes, and of the violence’ that he may face moving forward.  

‘My job is real, but it is also fragile,’ the actor said, adding: ‘The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.’

Opening up: Oscar-nominated star Ellen Page (seen in March 2014)  has come out as a transgender male named Elliot

'I feel lucky to be writing this': The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

‘I feel lucky to be writing this’: The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

Support: Elliot has been married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, having come out as gay in 2016

Support: Elliot has been married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, having come out as gay in 2016

Emotional: Emma took to Instagram shortly after Elliot shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing, 'Shine on sweet E. Love you so much'

Emotional: Emma took to Instagram shortly after Elliot shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing, ‘Shine on sweet E. Love you so much’

Elliot thanked his loved ones for their support through his journey, expressing his ‘overwhelming gratitude’ for helping him to reach a stage where he felt comfortable to ‘pursue his authentic self’. 

Shortly after the actor posted his statement, his wife Emma voiced her public support for Elliot on Instagram, while reiterating her partner’s plea for patience. 

‘I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,’ Emma wrote.

‘I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.’

Elliot’s decision to publicly reveal that he is transgender comes almost three years after the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony, having only been dating publicly for six months.  

The actor also gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place.

They wrote: ‘I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.

‘I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.’  

The actor, who most recently starred in Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy, also revealed changes to his official social media accounts, posting on Twitter under the username @TheElliotPage, and on Instagram as @elliotpage. 

Star: Elliot (seen in November 2019) thanked their loved ones for their support through his journey and gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place

Star: Elliot (seen in November 2019) thanked their loved ones for their support through his journey and gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place

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AFL 2020 | West Coast Eagles welcome back Dom Sheed as groin hampers Elliot Yeo


“Gone are the days where you shut down five or six of your players because the finals are around the corner.”

West Coast last week overcame their injury woes to stage a fighting win over St Kilda and this week welcome back Sheed and Brendon Ah Chee, while Bailey Williams was picked to support Nick Naitanui in the ruck and Luke Foley earned an AFL debut.

“If everyone’s fit they’ll play, if anyone’s sore they won’t – that’s sort of our motto this week,” Simpson said.

Meanwhile, the likely return date for Yeo, listed as a two to three week prospect, hasn’t been established.

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“It’s a slow process with these groins, and unfortunately I’ve gone through that too back in my playing days. There’s no timeframe, it’s just when it starts to feel a bit better you can advance,” Simpson said.

“We shut him down for a couple of weeks, our plan was to reintroduce him to training and some straight-line running. He hasn’t gone past that phase yet.

“Obviously we won’t risk ‘Yeoey’ for his longer-term future, but at the same time if we can get him up for this final series then we’ll definitely do so.”

North Melbourne dropped Wood and left out the injured midfielder Aiden Bonar while Tom Murphy and Sam Durdin were included.



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AFL 2020: Team whispers, news, rumours, selection, round 18, Zak Jones, Gary ablett, shane edwards, Elliot Yeo


St Kilda have suffered a crucial injury blow as they prepare for an all-important match against GWS.

Plus Richmond’s premiership chances have been bolstered yet again as a star returns.

Get all the latest team news and announcements in AFL Team Whispers!

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