Sam Newman is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
He was born on December 22, 1945, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Newman is also known for his controversial comments and opinions on various topics, including the Welcome to Country ceremony at the AFL Grand Final, which he has asked Australians to boo.
He has been involved in several controversies, including being slammed for his comments on the Welcome to Country ceremony.
Newman has also been a coach and a podcaster, co-hosting a podcast with former Herald Sun chief football writer Mike Sheahan and former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas entitled Sam, Mike and Thomo.
However, the podcast was canceled in March 2019 after Newman was perceived to be making fun of transgender people on a prior episode of the podcast.
Newman has been married four times, and his last wife, Amanda Brown, died aged 50 in May 2021.
Amanda Brown cause of death
According to an autopsy, the cause of her death was a stroke.
Newman has spoken publicly about the traumatic experience of finding his wife dead in their Docklands apartment and how he attempted to revive her.
He has also opened up about the sudden loss of his wife and how he is still coming to terms with it.
Friends have rallied around Newman to support him during this difficult time.
Sam Newman career
Newman played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) from 1964 to 1980, where he was known for his physicality and toughness on the field.
He played 300 games for Geelong, including the 1967 and 1969 Grand Finals, and was a three-time All-Australian player.
Newman was also the club’s leading goalkicker in 1968 and 1975.
After retiring from football, he became a media personality, initially as a sports commentator on radio and television.
Newman is best known for his role as a panellist on the Australian Football League’s weekly television show, The Footy Show, which aired from 1994 to 2019.
He was a controversial figure on the show, known for his outspoken opinions and often provocative behaviour.
Newman was also known for his comedic skits and segments, including the Street Talk segment, where he interviewed members of the public about football-related topics.
He was also involved in various other television shows, including hosting his own talk show, The Sam Newman Show, and appearing on reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
Newman also had a brief career in politics, running as an independent candidate for the seat of Corangamite in the 2001 federal election.
Despite his success in the media, he has been involved in several controversies throughout his career.
Newman has been criticised for his comments on various social and political issues, including race, gender and sexuality.
In 2018, he was widely criticised for making a racist comment on The Footy Show, which led to calls for him to be sacked.