Statement: Taylor Walker

Statement to be attributed to AFLPA CEO, Paul Marsh:

“We are extremely disappointed at the language used by Adelaide Crows player Taylor Walker regarding current North Adelaide player and former St Kilda player, Robbie Young, at a SANFL match.

Tex’s language was damaging and divisive, and there is no excuse for it. We are very clear on this – racism is abhorrent and there is no room for it in our game.

In my conversations with Tex, he has expressed his sincere and genuine remorse and has owned and apologised for his actions.

Tex is committed to not only learning from this, but to also make a positive difference moving forward.

We would like to acknowledge Robbie Young, and we have reached out to him to offer our support. We would also like to commend the Adelaide Crows official for his courage in tackling this issue.

We hope that an outcome of this situation is that we take another step forward towards stamping out racism, both in our game and in society.”