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AFL WAG Jesinta Franklin ‘advised to keep a low profile’ in Hawthorn racism scandal.

Sydney Swans star Lance “Buddy” Franklin and his wife Jesinta have reportedly been told to keep a low profile amid the ongoing Hawthorn racism scandal.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the media was keen to speak to Buddy and Jesinta ahead of the AFL Grand Final, but the pair were “advised not to comment for the time being”.

Buddy is a proud Aboriginal people and both he and his wife Jesinta have been incredibly outspoken when it comes to issues of race and Aboriginal people in Australia.

He previously played for Hawthorn from 2005 to 2013 before joining Sydney.

Holding back might prove difficult for celebrities and beauty queen Jesinta, who is a successful brand ambassador and fashion influencer.

The AFL WAG has a number of gigs representing luxury brands such as Fendi, Armani and Lancôme and is often hired to perform at events or do interviews to promote the products.

Earlier this week she hinted she had work commitments planned around the Grand Final after landing in Melbourne.

“A big week of work, fun, conferences, family time… Oh, and a grand finale,” she wrote to her 373,000 followers.

Jesinta has been keeping her fans updated on her activities in Melbourne on social media, but has noticeably avoided giving official interviews or making any statements about the current Hawthorn Scandal.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Jesinta for comment.

The independent investigation into allegations of mistreatment of Indigenous players at the Hawthorn club must balance speed with due process, Australian rules chief Gillon McLachlan said on Friday.

The Australian Football League (AFL) has promised an investigation into “serious allegations” about the forced checks on the former players, including one that coaches asked a player to have his partner’s pregnancy terminated.

“I think the right answer is that we’re going to expedite it because we have to do it for both the brave claimants and the defendants,” AFL executive director McLachlan said.

“But … we need the right body, we need the right process, and everyone needs to feel safe telling their story. They clash a bit, we have to find the right balance and we are working hard on that.”

The allegations about the unnamed players were included in an independent review commissioned by Hawthorn and reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Wednesday.

Former Hawthorn head coach Alastair Clarkson and his former assistant Chris Fagan have flatly denied any wrongdoing during their time at the Melbourne-based club.

Both have stepped down from their current roles at other clubs pending the investigation and have made statements that they would work together on the investigation.

However, McLachlan is also coming under pressure to investigate the treatment of Indigenous players at every club in the league.

“What is clear is that the AFL industry has a problem with the treatment of First Nations and multicultural players,” Paul Marsh, the players’ union leader, told the Herald Sun.

“These are fundamental human rights issues. To move forward, the industry must understand, acknowledge and seek to fix past problems.’

Hawthorn chief executive Justin Reeves sent a letter to fans on Friday explaining the review was commissioned after media reports earlier this year of Indigenous player Cyril Rioli’s bad experience at the club.

“About two weeks ago we received the results of this work. And as you can now see, some of those stories are disturbing,” he wrote.

“We are heartbroken that there are people who feel this way about their experience at our club.”

Considering how important the sport is in its southern heartlands, the people of the state of Victoria enjoyed the public holiday on Friday, which is observed each year on the eve of the AFL Grand Final.

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