AFL club swings out at vile racist troll who abused star Aboriginal player after costly defeat
- AFL player Bradley Hill attacked by online troll who blamed him for recent loss
- Partner of native wingman received the ‘repulsive’ message on Instagram
- Bully claimed Hill ‘ruined the whole game’ after St Kilda lost by 13 points
- St Kilda hit back saying ‘enough was enough’ and the racist abuse ‘must stop’
AFL club St Kilda has condemned racial abuse after native wingman Bradley Hill became the latest player to be targeted on social media.
Hill shared a screenshot of a direct message on Instagram sent to his partner in the wake of the Saints’ clash with Port Adelaide on Saturday.
The post contained multiple racial slurs, claiming that Hill “blew up the whole game,” which St Kilda lost by 13 points.
Indigenous wingman Bradley Hill (pictured) has become the latest AFL player to be attacked on social media by an online troll after St Kilda lost 13 points on Saturday
Player’s partner Samantha Dobbs (left) who received the message said it was “abhorrent, abhorrently racist behaviour.”
“This has got to stop,” the Saints said in a statement.
‘A loss is a loss. It does not give people the right to racially abuse or personally defame a player, his family or anyone in the community.
“This year our players and their loved ones have been victims of this kind of abuse too many times – enough is enough.
‘If you abuse online, you are not with us. Together we will emerge and help eradicate racism.’
AFL club St Kilda hit back at troll, saying racist abuse of Indigenous players ‘must stop’
In her own Instagram post, which included the screenshot of the original direct message, Hill’s partner said it was “abhorrent, abhorrently racist behavior.”
Why in 2021 will people be sending this racist abuse not just to athletes, but to their families? Be better,” she posted.
Hill’s teammate Paddy Ryder was the target of a racist Twitter post last month.
AFL Players’ Association president Patrick Dangerfield and chief executive Paul Marsh were quick to condemn the racist behaviour, with Hawthorn’s Shaun Burgoyne among a long list of players calling out.
Carlton’s Eddie Betts, West Coast’s Liam Ryan and Melbourne’s Neville Jetta have all been the target of racist behavior on social media in the past year.