Another day, another disgusting example of racist attacks on our Indigenous AFL stars.
West Coast have been left outraged after an online troll targeted Eagles forward Liam Ryan and his family.
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The social media user commented on a photo of the 23-year-old's young children with a monkey face, sparking outrage from Ryan's wife and the club.
“Here were f***ing go again,” Ryan's wife Evana Hansen wrote on her Instagram account.
“Attack my babies, but noooo racism doesn’t happen in Australia.”
Sadly, it's not the first time Ryan has been subjected to such racism, and his coach at West Coast addressed the latest incident at a Friday press conference.
“It’s so disappointing,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
“All we can do is educate. It’s not the first time it’s happened.
“It’s not the first time, but it doesn’t hurt any less. We’re a very tight group and we’ve got his back.”
The attack on Ryan and his family was the latest incident of racism in a worrying month for the AFL.
Demons star victim of racism as well
Also on Friday, Melbourne’s Neville Jetta called out a social media user who commented on a photo of him commemorating his 150th game, with a monkey emoji.
The 30-year-old took aim at the derogatory response in his Instagram story, calling for more action to be taken to stamp out racism.
“Another online racial comment but to me this time around,” Jetta said.
“Awesome to wake up to... there needs to be a better system in place to track people like this and hold them accountable.”
Jetta's club the Demons also condemned the attack on their player in a powerful statement on social media.
“This is racism,” it said.
“This needs to stop.
“We, as a collective, need to hold online trolls + social media platforms accountable.”
This is racism.— Melbourne Demons (@melbournefc) June 26, 2020
This needs to stop.
We, as a collective, need to hold online trolls + social media platforms accountable. pic.twitter.com/IR56XrKeeC
Indigenous stars feel duty to call out racism
Eddie Betts was also forced to call out racism after a troll left a monkey picture that was meant to represent the star, on his social media account.
Betts made the shocking admission recently that he's copped racism at least once a year in his 16 AFL seasons to date.
The 33-year-old considered whether to address the recent Twitter post that depicted him as a monkey, conceding it was his duty as an Aboriginal role model to call out despicable behaviour.
"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.
"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.
"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."