Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Justin Sherman | Justifiable Remorse

Justin Sherman • Australian Rules Footballer

Justin Sherman | Australian Rules Footballer
Born 26th January 1987 | In Tasmania, Australia | Height: 1.83m (6'0")
Image by Pedro Virgil © Gods Of Football Pty Limited

Justin is an Australian Rules Footballer. He made his Australian Football League (AFL) debut with the Brisbane Lions on the 16th April, 2005, having previously played in the Tasmanian State League for the Clarence Football Club. In October 2010, Justin, at his own request, was traded to the Western Bulldogs. Explaining the move, he said:

"Having good years and mediocre years, I could no longer live that sort of rollercoaster lifestyle. I wanted to make sure going ahead that I could continue to be a great footy player, and to be that I need to be in the right culture and get continuity of one position."

With his confidence restored, Justin played his first game for the Bulldogs on the 27th March 2011. However, on the 25th June, 2011, he was embroiled in allegations of racism following a match against the Gold Coast Suns. It emerged that Justin had subjected Joel Wilkinson, a player of Nigerian descent, to a torrent of verbal abuse. To his credit, Sherman admitted racially vilifying his opponent and took full responsibility for his actions. At a press conference on the 27th June, 2011, he read out the following statement:

"I'm extremely ashamed and embarrassed of my actions on the weekend. I recognise that what I said was offensive, degrading and very hurtful, and for that I sincerely apologise. I would like to publicly apologise first and foremost to the player involved, but also I'd like to apologise to all associated with the Gold Coast Suns, the Western Bulldogs, the wider football community and general public. I realise that there is no excuse for my behaviour and the fact is, I should have known better, especially given my close friendships with (teammates) Nathan Djerrkura, Liam Jones and Josh Hill. I am devastated, and want everyone to know that this is completely out of character and will never happen again."

Justin agreed to a four-week suspension and accepted a request to attend counselling. In addition, he made a donation of 5'000 Australian dollars to a charity nominated by the Gold Coast Suns.

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Set 1 - Justin Sherman in 'Gods of Football' - 2009
Justin Sherman • Australian Rules Footballer
Justin Sherman in 'Gods of Football'
Image by Pedro Virgil © Gods Of Football Pty Limited

Set 2 - Justin Sherman's Album
Justin Sherman, Callan Ward & Daniel Giansiracusa • Australian Rules Footballers
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | From left to right: Justin Sherman, Callan Ward and Daniel Giansiracusa | 30th July 2011
Justin for the Western Bulldogs
Image by Mark Dadswell © Getty Images AsiaPac

Brendan Fevola & Justin Sherman • Australian Rules Footballers
AAMI Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | Brendan Fevola (Left) and Justin Sherman (Right) | 10th April 2010
Justin for the Brisbane Lions
Image by Morne de Klerk © Getty Images AsiaPac

Justin Sherman • Australian Rules Footballer
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | 9th April 2011
Justin for the Western Bulldogs
Image by Mark Dadswell © Getty Images AsiaPac

Justin Sherman • Australian Rules Footballer
Giffin Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | 23rd January 2009
Justin for the Brisbane Lions
Image by Bradley Kanaris © Getty Images AsiaPac

Justin Sherman • Australian Rules Footballer
Giffin Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | 6th February 2009
Justin for the Brisbane Lions
Image by Bradley Kanaris © Getty Images AsiaPac

For your further information please visit the following:

Photographer Pedro Virgil - Website
Justin Sherman - Twitter

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