The AFL Integrity Unit is investigating a racially vilifying comment sent to Indigenous Carlton player Zac Williams via social media on Monday night.
- Carlton CEO Cain Liddle said the club will continue to call out “gutless racist behaviour”
- Fellow Indigenous AFL players Eddie Betts and Mitch Robinson used their platforms to speak out against the racial vilification of Zac Williams
- Carlton football club and the AFL integrity United will continue to work together on the incident
The message was sent from a fake account after Williams copped a one-week suspension for an off-the-ball incident during Sunday’s 10-point win over Adelaide.
Five Indigenous players starred in the line-up against the Crows, which teammate Eddie Betts shared on his Instagram story, followed by another post expressing his disappointment of the racial vilifications.
Former Carlton, now Brisbane Lions player Mitch Robinson also took to social media urging people to continue calling out “racist cowards.”
“I find it unbelievable that the Indigenous and multicultural boys still have to put up with this gutless shit,” Robinson said.
Carlton CEO Cain Liddle said the club is standing with Williams and will continue to call out such “gutless racist behaviour”.
“It is a disgrace that people believe they can just say whatever they want to a person and think no action will be taken,” Liddle said in a statement.
“Zac has the entire Carlton family standing with him, he knows he has our full support but at the same time he is hurting because he has had to put up with this crap throughout his life and that simply is not good enough.
“While incredibly disheartening, not just for Zac and his family, but for all people who are vilified online, this serves as a reminder on why we remain committed to this cause. The opportunity exists to continually listen, educate and learn to ensure we are part of the solution, not the problem.
“Part of that involves calling out this gutless racist behaviour by individuals, which we have done and we hope that by doing so, it draws attention to the importance of not standing for this — there simply just isn’t room for racism, or vilification of any kind, in our game and in society.