Betts’ bid to wipe out race taunts
EDDIE Betts has been racially abused online three times this year, but is determined to continue being an indigenous leader in the face of vicious taunting.
The veteran Carlton small forward, who is in his 16th AFL season, wants to leave a legacy for young indigenous footballers to feel safe in professional sport.
The former Adelaide champion has been racially abused countless times throughout his 316-game career. There have been multiple slurs directed at Betts every year during the past four seasons, including in a game against Port Adelaide in 2017.
“People make fake accounts and they racially abuse the hell out of you,” Betts told Phil Davis’ ABC podcast.
“It’s happened to me three times already this year. We’ve tried to find them; we’ve already spoken to the AFL integrity department.
“It’s kind of hard because once they do it, they delete it.”
Betts says he and other players “feel guilty” about not supporting Adam Goodes enough when the Sydney legend was subjected to continued racial abuse towards the end of his AFL career in 2015.
“I think (young players are) scared because of what happened to Goodesy; they think it’s going to happen to them,” Betts said. “If you racially vilify me, I’ll call you out ... but some other indigenous kid may be too scared to talk about it.”