The 'slow moving beast' Laidley is desparate to kill

Former North Melbourne player Danielle Laidley is desperate to educate Australian Rules players and officials at all level about how inappropriate slurs can cause harm to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Laidley spoke out after Port Adelaide’s Jeremy Finlayson was handed a three-match ban for using a homophobic slur during his side’s 69-point win over Essendon on Saturday night.

Finlayson told the club of his comment at three-quarter time of the match, with the club releasing a statement on Saturday.

“A contrite Finlayson made the club aware during the three-quarter time break and apologised to the victim on [the] field after the final siren last night,” the statement read.

On Sunday, the forward also released a statement.

“The word I used is very unacceptable in the game of football. We need to stamp it out and I’m very remorseful,” Finlayson said in a statement.

“I knew straight away that it was not acceptable and I take full responsibility.”

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