Eddie Betts has maintained a dignified silence this week after
yet more sickening abuse from fans at last
weekend’s showdown between his Adelaide Crows and Port
While the AFL issued its standard condemnations and at least
one fan has had his membership rescinded, the man at the centre
of it all had not been heard from, until he spoke to Adelaide
radio station 5AA on Thursday morning.
“Stuff like this wrecks it,” Betts said. “We want to make footy
an enjoyable place to go and support your team, win or lose.
There is racial abuse and it’s not kid-friendly. It’s just not
a great place to be.
“Enough is enough. It’s racism and we want to stomp it out of
the game. It affects me but it affects people around me more.”
Getty Images He’s had
enough, and you can’t blame him.
Led by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, the football community has
expressed overwhelming support for Betts this week.
— AFL NSW/ACT (@aflnswact) 11 de
abril de 2017
Despite this, Betts said his wife Anna had been reduced to
tears by the week’s events.
“Our kids are Indigenous and they will have to grow up with
this stuff as well,” he said.
— FIVEaa (@1395FIVEaa) 12
de abril de 2017
Betts has been subjected to racist taunts numerous times across
his ongoing 13-year AFL career, which currently spans 256
In 2016 after a “fan” threw a banana at him, he memorably said
“No one is born racist. It is ingrained in them somewhere down
the track. It all comes down to that, to be educated”.
The education process is clearly not complete yet — something
we sadly all learned a couple of years ago when the AFL urged
people to stop booing Adam Goodes, and when Sydney Swans
officials said the booing was an expression of racism, yet
people kept booing ever louder.
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