Carlton’s Eddie Betts will keep fighting racism, racist behaviour in the AFL


“I was really angry and I wanted to put something up that was aggressive, but that’s not my nature. I’m kind and I always like to give people a second chance and I always like to educate people,” Betts told Fox Footy on Tuesday night.

“I’ve got to set up barriers every day when I leave the house, thinking I’m going to get racially abused when I’m driving or when I go to a supermarket.

Eddie Betts has dealt with constanct racial abuse during his AFL career, which has had a huge toll on him.

Eddie Betts has dealt with constanct racial abuse during his AFL career, which has had a huge toll on him.Credit:Getty Images

“All I want to do is rock up to training, play and enjoy the game of footy.

“I’m sick and tired of it but I want the AFL to be a safe platform for young Aboriginal kids to come and enjoy and play footy without being racially abused.

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“If I have to take the full brunt of all that and try and educate people so that the platform is a safe place, I am happy to cop the brunt.

“It deeply hurts and you think to yourself ‘why do I keep playing footy if I keep copping this?’, but I want to make a change.

“The way to hurt these guys is keep playing great footy and keep smiling and that’s what I love doing.”

Betts did just that last Saturday night when he played an inspirational role in the Blues’ upset win against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.

In Carlton’s first victory at Kardinia Park since 1996, Betts kicked two vital goals and produced a number of game-saving pressure attacks in the dying seconds, including running down Geelong’s Jack Henry with a lunging tackle.

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