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Eddie Betts shares footage of kids being racially abused while playing in yard

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AFL legend Eddie Betts has shared distressing home security camera footage of his children, understood to be in company with their friends, being racially abused while playing in their own backyard. 

The video, posted to Betts’ social media on Wednesday night, shows a driver of a slowly moving car repeatedly yell the n-word at the kids while they play basketball. 

“Aboriginal kids deserve to be able to play safely, free from racism and abuse over the fence,” the Carlton and Adelaide champion wrote.

“We are not even safe in our own homes. If you know who this is please let me them know that I’m open to having a chat about how much this hurts our kids.”

Warning: The video and sound is distressing.

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Betts, who was targeted with racism throughout his 350-game career, has been a strong advocate for bringing an end to this kind of abuse. 

His post prompted an outpouring of support and outrage from sportspeople, sporting organisations, political figures and the public. 

Current and former Indigenous AFL stars Bradley Hill, Liam Ryan, Steven May, Kysaiah Pickett and Shaun Burngoyne were among those to comment on the post. 

Australia’s First Indigenous Diamond netballer in more than two decades, Donnell Wallam wrote “This is absolutely disgusting”.

Betts took to social media again on Friday morning with a video of his kids playing basketball in the backyard again. 

“Thanks everyone for your support…it’s not going to stop the kids from playing ball,” he wrote. 


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