‘It just hurts’: Eddie Betts urges all Australians to join Taylor Walker on ‘journey’ against racism

Former Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts says Taylor Walker is on a “journey” to understand racism and the hurt it causes — and that the rest of Australia also needs to plough the same path.

Betts — who now plays for Carlton in the AFL — said he had spoken to Walker after the former Crows captain was suspended for six matches last week after racist comments he made at an SANFL match last month.

The comments were directed at North Adelaide player Robbie Young, who subsequently appeared in a much-criticised contrition video with Walker.

Last night, Betts told Fox Footy program AFL 360 it was “tiring” and “draining” to continually have to talk about racism against Indigenous people.

“It actually really hurts to be honest,” the forward pocket said.

“I’m starting to get emotional just talking about it here — everything that has happened over the last 48 hours to the last week.

“Taylor Walker is going on his journey at the moment. I know the kind of person Taylor is and he will hold to his word.

“He’ll do this with 110 per cent — it just hurts.”

Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts celebrate a goal while playing together at the Adelaide Crows in 2015.(

AAP Image: Ben Macmahon


Betts, 34, said he was “begging Australia to listen” to the hurt that racism caused on the sporting field and off it.

“There’s no room for racism in Australia and we as Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people are sick of fighting — we are, we’re sick of fighting — because it just keeps happening and happening and I’m tired,” he said.

Betts has faced racism on social media and on the field, both at Carlton and with the Crows.

As well as apologising, Walker will also have to undertake an education program involving volunteering “in appropriate community programs”.

He will make a donation of $20,000 to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program in South Australia.

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