Morons ruining footy’s message of inclusiveness

Riley Klug Roar Rookie

By Riley Klug, Riley Klug is a Roar Rookie

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    Two years ago in 2015 I was unfortunate enough to be in the crowd at the West Coast versus Sydney game at Domain Stadium.

    West Coast won but something else was lost that day. The inclusion factor of a sport that aims for equality across games and teams.

    This inclusion factor because Adam Goodes and to a lesser extent Lewis Jetta were booed repeatedly by almost the whole stadium. It was the worst thing I have ever seen on a footy pitch.

    The worst thing is that only a few started the booing and then most of the crowd joined in. People said it wasn’t racial but you are kidding yourself if you believe otherwise. This was the latter part of Goodes’ career.

    A true champion with two Brownlow Medals and an exemplary character and reputation. And it was shattered by a few disillusioned people coupled with the weak minds of the many.

    I thought I’d never see something like this again. I hoped I wouldn’t but I did two weeks ago during the showdown when Eddie Betts was racially vilified using derogatory language. It’s quite ridiculous and astounding that this practice continues.

    If people aren’t happy with their teams performance don’t take it out on the opposition. Eddie Betts is arguably the best small forward of all time and he doesn’t deserve such an unfounded verbal bashing. It is weak and shameful.

    When will footy just be something that can be purely enjoyed? It mirrors life, it has its up and downs and the racial vilification should stop.

    I hope it never does but it begs the question as to what the AFL is doing. I mean the Port Adelaide and Adelaide Crows made a video to promote peace but this shouldn’t be happening.

    This sort of behaviour needs to properly and specifically policed and automatic bans handed out to entire sports grounds in future.

    This will deter any other budding, cowardly racists. Whats the next step? Maybe an Indigenous Australian as AFL CEO or as a senior coach?

    The only way should be up for widespread reconciliation in the AFL. And this only starts with making the footy a pure thing just to enjoy.

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    • April 22nd 2017 @ 2:13am
      Pelican said | April 22nd 2017 @ 2:13am | ! Report

      We are reaping what we sowed during the white Australia years. Generations of ingrained racism passed on in families unchecked by alternative points of view. These racists may not be in the majority but there are plenty of them and they are emboldened by the back lash against common decency aka political correctness. Attacking Adam Goodes and the way all the sheep got on board with it just shows how strongly the ugly undercurrent runs in our society. Football crowds are a reflection of us. Unless we get the courage to call out racism it wont be going away.

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 2:53am
      Matt Jones said | April 22nd 2017 @ 2:53am | ! Report

      Maybe the message is all PR?

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 9:02am
      Sydneygirl said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:02am | ! Report

      Agree with all you say. Well said., Riley.

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 9:50am
      Stewie said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      I’ve noticed a strange disconnect between the response of Betts’ abuse (“he doesn’t deserve that, he’s a legend, racism is bad”) and Goodes’s (“What a sook, flog, etc”). And I don’t mean between now and way back then. These comments are happening within minutes of each other. Absolute hypocrisy, really sad to see.

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 10:56pm
        Egbirt said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

        Probably because Betts doesn’t actually act like a sook…?

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 10:21am
      Julian Noel said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

      I think we have hidden behind a veneer of political correctness and not addressed the central issues underpinning how as a nation Australia has addressed it’s racism… fining, banning and punishing people does not address the issue… we need to go a few layers deeper into the hearts and minds of people… how would you feel if a family of Aborigines moved into the apartment next to yours? How would your parents and friends respond? How about if your boss was aboriginal? How would you feel if the prime minister of Australia was of Vietnamese or Chinese heritage?

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 10:31am
        Stewie said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

        “fining, banning and punishing people does not address the issue…”

        Then how should the problem be addressed? The idea of permanent culture change starting with children is nice, but children learn a lot of their behaviours through their parents, who hold the racist views and behaviour in the first place.

        As for the question how would I feel if a family of Aboriginals moved into the apartment next to mine? Answer would be “”I don’t know, depends what they are like.” Tapestry of life mate, takes all sorts to make a world!

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 12:30pm
        Ken Spacey said | April 22nd 2017 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        The current Governor of SA is a Vietnamese 1970’s boat arrival.

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 1:07pm
        Pope Paul VII said | April 22nd 2017 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        By “you” do you mean whitey?

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 10:55am
      Rick said | April 22nd 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

      I was also at that West Coast/Sydney game, you mentioned Lewis Jetta being booed but you neglected to say that was after he came from a good 20 metres and dropped his shoulder square in the middle of Elliot Yeos back – to say it was unfair from Lewis is putting it mildly, he gave away a free, it started a fight and I think he got booked and booed – not because of his heritage.
      His jumper in the fight got torn and this was the resultant media photo shown with the caption he was sticking up for his mate!!
      Goodes on the other hand was booed as a result of the AFL telling the public not to.
      Unfortunately Adam has polarised public opinion, many fans did not look like him in the vein many didn’t like Rhys-Jones or Akermanis and reject being told how to act.
      To manipulate any negative feeling towards an indigenous player as racial is incorrect and only serves to negate the process of eliminating racism.

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 11:03am
        Stewie said | April 22nd 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        On the same page, you can’t say that no booing of an Aboriginal player is racist. Personally I think if a player does something to deserve being booed (injuring a player, dare I say diving?) then that’s well deserved. I’ll never forgive Lindsay Thomas for shattering Gary Rohan’s leg.
        But don’t think that Goodes falls under that category. For most games in his last season he was booed whenever he got within 10m of the ball. And it wasn’t the just the AFL telling the public not to boo him, a massive part of it came from the players from other teams, those people we call role models. I guess only when it suits us, isn’t it?

      • April 22nd 2017 @ 1:15pm
        Joe said | April 22nd 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

        I’m confused, are you claiming Adam Goodes was booed because the AFL told people not to boo him? What made people start in the first place then? Goodes had been in the AFL for a good decade without being booed, so the excuse that “Goodes is a flog” clearly wasn’t the reason why they started. However, coincidentally, the boos DID start around the same time he reacted to a racist slur being thrown his way. Funny that.

        • April 22nd 2017 @ 2:52pm
          Rick said | April 22nd 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

          What I am saying is at that the public booing Adam in that particular game was the case, to answer your question why he was booed in the first place then boburra has pretty much answered that for me.

          A racial slur is what it is and should never be allowed but to connect booing to racism is a long bow to draw, does that mean the public can only show their disproval to players of their own ethnic background?

          I don’t agree that the publics behaviour towards Adam turned after he reacted to the racial slur, he was already unpopular amongst opposition supporters , much the same as Karl Langdon was always unpopular with other supporters and was booed continually throughout his career.

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