Eddie Betts Says He Felt Guilty After Watching New AFL Documentary

Jun 5, 2019


Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts says he felt guilty after watching a new documentary about the difficult final years of Adam Goodes’ AFL career.

The Final Quarter features archival footage from the final three years of Goodes’ career when he was at the centre of a heated public debate after he publicly called out racism.

Eddie told FIVEaa Breakfast on Wednesday:

“I’ve seen it twice… a week ago we had the whole team, admin staff, in at the club and watched the Adam Goodes [film]… which was fantastic. The boys really spoke openly afterwards. It’s hard to watch personally for myself just to see Adam go through what he went through.

“I urge everyone to watch it. I feel guilty as well not showing the support around Adam. Most of the stuff that was happening especially in the media was happening in Sydney. I haven’t seen all that part of it. The stuff that was happening on the weekend, booing Adam week in and week, out that was pretty bad.

“It is full on and that’s why I felt so guilty.

“When it’s all compacted into a 70-minute film you just figure out how bad it was. It was shocking to watch. I actually got emotional the first time I watched it and I got up and spoke to the boys: ‘This is going to happen again. We don’t when, we don’t know how but the support we have to show each others as brothers, as indigenous people in the AFL, we have to support each other because we can’t let someone like this go through what he went through by himself again.’

“I’ve been through it. I’ve been racially abused and it takes a toll. For someone like Adam who’s the most powerful, the strongest indigenous person that I know, for that to take a toll on him -- you try to stay strong but for this to happen week in, week out, you can just see on his face if you watch the documentary how much of a toll that it was taking on him each week.”