Former Hawthorn player development manager Jason Burt has taken an indefinite leave from his current role at Melbourne’s Caulfield Grammar private school amid overwhelming allegations against him in the shocking report on Hawks’ racism.
The disturbing allegations revealed by ABC detail the treatment of First Nations players at Hawthorn during his golden age under the leadership of four-time Premiership manager Alastair Clarkson.
They include an alleged match in which Clarkson and then Hawks boss Chris Fagan were among Hawthorn coaches who pressured an anonymous player to have his partner’s pregnancy terminated for the sake of the player’s career.
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Allegations against Burt include informing another player that his wife had an abortion, which came after the club separated the couple while they waited.
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Caulfield grammar dean Ashleigh Martin said Burt stepped down to focus on AFL’s external investigation into the matter.
“Jason Burt informed me today of his decision to take indefinite leave from his role as head of coaching and performance sport, a role he held for three and a half years,” the email reads. The age.
Burt left Hawthorn in 2019 after 12 years at the club, including taking over from Fagan as footy boss in 2016.
It comes after both Clarkson, who recently signed a five-year contract to coach North Melbourne, and Lions boss Fagan have both stepped down from their roles while the AFL investigation unfolds.
Clarkson, whose November 1 start date at the Kangaroos has been postponed, has steadfastly defended himself from any wrongdoing charges.
The allegations come after Hawthorn commissioned an outside report following claims made by big club Cyril Rioli earlier this year about how he was treated that ultimately kicked him out of the club in 2018.