Eddie Betts Says He Nearly Outed His Racial Abuser -- But One Thing Stopped Him

Jun 13, 2018

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Eddie Betts says he came close to naming and shaming the abuser who vilified him on social media last weekend.

“A big part of me wanted to name and shame,” Eddie told FIVEaa on Wednesday. “I wanted to name and shame this young boy -- he’s a teenage boy.”

“I was so angry and I wanted to put it out there and say, listen, it’s not acceptable. But then I thought about I --, he’s a young teenage boy… he goes to school and if I named and shamed him he may get bullied at school.

“If there’s other indigenous kids at that school that know that he did it there may be a fight. I said to myself, I can’t solve this with violence. It’s more so being educated. You know what leads from bullying: maybe death, suicide.

“If I named and shamed him it would affect him more than it affects me now. I so badly wanted to put it out there but I thought about the ripple effect… it does hurt, these words.”

“To be honest I’m getting sick of it. I just want to play footy, I just want to enjoy it. I love playing footy… I smile, I’m happy, and I give time for everybody. That was a Fremantle supporter asked for a photo and I was happy to give a photo.

“He tagged me in it and I go on my social media, it’s the first photo that comes up and it was the first comment underneath it and I thought, I can’t let this go. Enough is enough.”

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