AFL WAG Hester Mary Brown blasts Nine for having a panel of six white men on its Footy Show 


‘Loving the diversity’: AFL WAG blasts Channel Nine for having a panel of six white men present Footy Show

  • Hester Mary Brown, wife of AFL star Ben Brown, took a swipe at the network
  • ‘Loving the diversity on a Sunday morning,’ the mother wrote on Instagram
  • She shared a photo of the six white hosts led by Tony Jones and Billy Brownless 
  • Other panelists Nathan Brown, Kane Cornes and Damian Barrett also appeared


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An AFL WAG has criticised the Nine Network over the lack of diversity in the presenters of The Sunday Footy Show.

Hester Mary Brown, who is married to Melbourne Demons recruit Ben Brown, took a swipe at the network while watching its AFL show over the weekend.

‘Loving the diversity on a Sunday morning,’ the young mother wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of hosts Tony Jones, Billy Brownless, Matthew Lloyd, Nathan Brown, Kane Cornes and Damian Barrett.

All six are white men. 

AFL wag Hester Mary Brown took to Instagram over the weekend to criticise the Nine Network over its lack of diversity

AFL wag Hester Mary Brown took to Instagram over the weekend to criticise the Nine Network over its lack of diversity

Hester Mary Brown, who is married to Melbourne Demons star Ben Brown, took a swipe at the network while watching its AFL show over the weekend

Hester Mary Brown, who is married to Melbourne Demons star Ben Brown, took a swipe at the network while watching its AFL show over the weekend

Hester Mary Brown, who is married to Melbourne Demons star Ben Brown, took a swipe at the network while watching its AFL show over the weekend

The post was originally shared by Angie Greene, CEO of Stand Up Events which fights for equality in Australian sport. 

Ms Greene, whose father Russell Greene played in three premierships for Hawthorn in the 1980s, said she is ‘unapologetic in fighting for equality and inclusion’.

Brown, 28, has also been vocal in the past about issues of gender diversity in the sport.

The Melbourne forward was previously an assistant coach with North Melbourne’s AFLW side while he played with the Kangaroos men’s team.

‘Historically, it’s been men running around and bumping into each other, tackling each other, showing feats of bravery and all these sorts of things,’ Brown told the Cutting Oranges podcast last month. 

‘People love those stories, and those stories really inform – they take that away, and I definitely did growing up – it informs the way you live your life. Historically, those stories have been defined by males, particularly in the sporting space.

Brown and wife are ambassadors for Our Watch, a charity aimed at putting an end to violence against women and children in Australia

Brown and wife are ambassadors for Our Watch, a charity aimed at putting an end to violence against women and children in Australia

Brown and wife are ambassadors for Our Watch, a charity aimed at putting an end to violence against women and children in Australia

Brown, 28, has also been vocal in the past about issues of gender diversity in the sport

Brown, 28, has also been vocal in the past about issues of gender diversity in the sport

Brown, 28, has also been vocal in the past about issues of gender diversity in the sport 

‘And now, young girls can see Kirsty Lamb putting her head over the ball, winning it and bustling through and getting the ball forward. They can see Tayla Harris jumping over a pack and taking a [mark]. 

‘They can see you (Vescio) pick up the ball, little goose step, snap a goal. These are things that growing up, I didn’t believe girls could do that. Now I think everyone can see they can.’  

Brown and his wife are ambassadors for Our Watch, a charity aimed at putting an end to violence against women and children in Australia. 



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