North Melbourne‘s Majak Daw is the latest AFL star to be targeted online for the colour of his skin just a week after Adelaide‘s Eddie Betts called out a racist comment on his Instagram page.
On Saturday, the AFL posted a photograph on social media of Daw with the son of teammate Jed Anderson at the JLT Community Series match between North Melbourne and St Kilda.
One Facebook user replied to the post with the comment, “What a frightening experience for the youngster. Face to face with a gorilla.”
The comment, which had received ‘laugh’ reacts and likes, has since been deleted.
After seeing the comment, one Twitter user posted a screenshot of the racial slur to his page.
“What an absolute piece of shit you must be to post this rubbish,” Bert Werden wrote. “And then there are those that ‘like’ or ‘laugh’ in reply. Sad really.”
What an absolute piece of shit you must be to post this rubbish. And then there are those that ‘like’ or ‘laugh’ in reply. Sad really. pic.twitter.com/Q4RvPhqPwq
— ßert ωerdeη (@bertwerden) March 2, 2019
In a statement to the Herald Sun, the AFL said they “removed the disgraceful comments from the Facebook post and the details have been forwarded to our integrity department for further investigation.”
Last week, Betts called out an Instagram user after they commented “Monkey see monkey do” on his page. Betts shared a screenshot of the comment to his Instagram Story and wrote “When will it stop why can’t we just play footy” and “Why can’t we just all get along.”
President of the AFL Player’s Association and Geelong vice-skipper, Patrick Dangerfield, posted the images to his Instagram, captioning it “Disgusting. Cowardly. Racist.”