Walker was suspended for six matches and given a $20,000 fine for his racist comment about North Adelaide player Robbie Young at a SANFL game.
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7NEWS understands the former skipper – who hasn’t spoken publicly yet – will step back from training sessions and any official club duties for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Walker was a notable absentee from the Crows’ post-Showdown review on Monday morning.
The 31-year-old was last sighted at West Lakes on Friday after addressing the player group – likely to be the last time he’s at the club for some months.
He is expected to apologise publicly for making the racist remarks, but exactly how and when that will happen is still unclear.
Former teammate Patrick Dangerfield, who is also president of the Players’ Association, has taken a strong stance on Walker’s remarks.
“It’s bitterly disappointing,” he said on Monday.
“There is no excuse.
“Particularly as an AFL player, there’s no one that gets more education on racial vilification and the impact it has on Indigenous Australians.”
“We share locker rooms with players that go through it unfortunately, sometimes on a weekly basis,” Dangerfield added.
“It’s terrible, it’s disgusting.
“It’s something we need to eradicate, something we need to stamp out, and something that we need to continue to call out, whether it’s Taylor Walker or whether it’s a faceless name like we saw with Aliir over the weekend where it’s easy to abuse someone over social media.”
Dangerfield called on everyday Australians to take a stand against racism.
“What we can’t do is be silenced by this,” he said.
“We have to make sure that everyone is calling it out, whether it’s your brother, your sister, your friends, your work colleagues – everyone has a role to play in this.
“We’ve come a long way but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Port Adelaide rallies around Aliir Aliir
It comes as Port Adelaide rallies around Showdown medallist Aliir Aliir after the Kenyan-born defender was racially abused on Twitter.
“There is nothing brave or courageous about using social media to racially abuse or personally vilify a player,” the club said in a statement, adding that it was continuing its search for the person responsible.
Aliir’s best-on-field performance in Port’s four-point win over Adelaide on Saturday night was soured when he was subject to a vicious slur by an anonymous account user on social media.
“We will get around and support Aliir,” Power assistant coach Nathan Bassett told reporters on Monday.
“At different stages, lots of people make foolish decisions to make comments and they make idiots of themselves,” Bassett added.
“Some do it because they are idiots.
‘Some do it because they are idiots.’
“Others do it because we give them the air time and they get recognised as making a headline.
“It is extremely disappointing.”
Bassett described Allir, who joined the South Australian club from Sydney this season, as much loved.
“Aliir is a fantastic footballer, he has been a terrific person for our footy club,” Bassett said.
“We love him. We will keep supporting him.”
Aliir superb in Showdown supreme
Aliir was superb in Saturday night’s game, taking 10 marks and collecting 20 disposals in a display which earned him the best-afield medal awarded in clashes of the SA clubs.
The triumph lifted Port to third on the ladder and they now have an eight-point break on the ladder from fifth-placed Brisbane.
And the Power’s playing stocks will be boosted this week by the availability of goalsneak Steven Motlop, who has been sidelined since round 17 by an ankle injury.
Motlop’s possible return follows the recent comebacks of Robbie Gray, Zak Butters, Connor Rozee and Xavier Duursma.
“Most of the players are back … now it is about getting the form that gives them the best chance to play well when it comes to finals,” Bassett said.
“We have a great opportunity to cement a place in the top four.”
Port play 13th-placed Carlton this weekend before a finals-shaping encounter with ladder-leaders Western Bulldogs in the last game before finals.
– with AAP