The sporting world has rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement since the fallout from George Floyd’s death in the US and now AFL icons have rallied to lend their support.
Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee into the 46-year-old African-American man's neck while he was handcuffed and saying that he couldn't breathe.
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The country has been gripped with violent protests over the last few days with many athletes, such as Tiger Woods and UFC star Jon Jones, calling out rioters for the destruction of property.
Now, Australian AFL greats have united and joined the ‘Black Out Tuesday’ movement, which involves posting a black square on social media to support the protests.
Stars such as Lance Franklin, Patrick Dangerfield, Marcus Bontempelli and Nick Riewoldt have all showed their support.
Swans star Franklin highlighted the injustices happening to Indigenous Australians on our own soil following the protests in the US.
“Justice for all. What’s happening in the US is happening on our own soil and all around the world,”he wrote.
“Thoughts and prayers are with George Floyd’s family and all affected by this tragedy and the tragedies before his murder.”
Nic Naitanui’s Black Lives Matter message
West Coast’s Nic Naitanui also took to Twitter to explain the importance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and why it is different from people using the tag ‘All Lives Matter’.
“All love from my end but “Saying all lives matter is like going to a cancer fundraiser and saying there are other diseases” yes every life matters and is of equal importance/significance but right now we are highlighting black lives,” he wrote.
All love from my end but “Saying all lives matter is like going to a cancer fundraiser and saying there are other diseases” yes every life matters and is of equal importance/significance but right now we are highlighting black lives.That’s just my opinion as a black man ❤️ #blm— Nic Naitanui (@NicNat) June 2, 2020
“That’s just my opinion as a black man.”
The AFL also shared its support for the battle against racism.
Finally, Indigenous games record holder Shaun Burgoyne added his support to the movement.