Adelaide goalsneak Eddie Betts has called out a racist social media taunt with the support of several fellow AFL names.
The 32-year old re-posted a photo from the Crows’ official Instagram account that showed him and fellow indigenous star Shaun Burgoyne arriving at Marvel Stadium on Friday night for the AFLX tournament.
Betts circled a comment from user ferris.pete that read: ““monkey see monkey do”. He responded to the slur with: “When will it stop why can’t we just play footy. Why can’t we just all get along.”
Burgoyne backed up Betts by commenting the user was “just a coward sitting behind a keyboard”.
AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh tweeted out that there was no part for this type of behaviour.
“More disgraceful, cowardly, racist behaviour directed at one of our game’s finest people. There is simply no excuse for this garbage. Our indigenous players deserve so much better.” Marsh tweeted on Saturday night.
AFLPA president Patrick Dangerfield also came to Betts’ defence, re-posting the image and tagging the user with the caption: “Disgusting. Cowardly. Racist”.