Fury Over Yet Another AFL 'Monkey' Slur
Another week, another social media coward slamming an AFL star.
Last week, it was sexist trolls targeting AFLW player Tayla Harris for her unbelievably awesome kicking style.
This week's 'fools' -- as West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui called them -- were two blokes who thought it would be real funny to call 22-year-old Eagles small forward Liam Ryan a "monkey".
With barely concealed fury, Natainui shared a post from the AFL broadcaster which asked whether Ryan deserved a ban for a jumper punch in the reigning premiers' surprise 44-point loss to the Brisbane Lions.
Some people entered into the spirit of the discussion, debating the merits of potential punishment. But at least two did not, instead taking the opportunity to spew forth racist bile.
This, sadly, has happened too often in the AFL in recent years.
"When will it stop? Why can't we just play footy? Why can't we just all get along?" Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts poignantly asked after he was subjected to a similar insult -- and not for the first time -- after this year's pre-season AFLX night.
Other senior AFL figures have added their voices to the outrage. Greater Western Sydney Giants captain Phil Davis labelled the trolls “disgraceful humans”.
Brisbane Lions player Mitch Robinson used considerably stronger language in condemning it and urged the AFL community to respond to this issue the same way they did to Tayla Harris last week.
The AFL is yet to put forward a comment.