Liam Ryan appears to be the most recent indigenous AFL star to go through racism after having a troll commented a picture of a monkey’s face on a photo of his three babies.
But the fan, who sparked a fierce backlash with his vile message, has insisted that he isn’t racist and claimed he had meant it as a compliment to the star.
The West Coast Eagles player’s wife, Evana Hansen, was forced to protect the 23-year-old after that he shared the post to Instagram on Thursday.
It’s perhaps not the first offensive remark Ryan has received and comes one year after having a fan was handed a two-year ban after he labelled the player a ‘monkey’ on the web.
‘Here were f***ing go again,’ Ms Hansen wrote on Friday following a post.
Liam Ryan (pictured, with wife Evana Hansen) is just about the latest Indigenous AFL star to go through racism after having a troll commented on an image of his three babies
‘Attack my babies, but noooo racism doesn’t happen in Australia.’
West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson also weighed in on the post, adding the whole team was supporting Ryan.
‘It’s so disappointing,’ that he told reporters.
‘All we can do is educate. It’s perhaps not the very first time it’s happened.
‘It’s not the first time, but it does not hurt any less. We’re a very tight group and we’ve got his back.’
The fan’s family reportedly told Channel Seven the teenager’s monkey post was misunderstood, saying they were ‘devastated’ by the backlash.
‘(The user) is 16 years-old – he thought he was saying the babies are cute,’ Seven News reporter Anna Hay unveiled.
‘His parents are devastated. They are indigenous and say they are usually the target of racist attacks.’
Last year an AFL fan was handed a two-year ban after calling Ryan (pictured with his children) a ‘monkey’ online
The West Coast Eagles player’s wife, Evana Hansen (pictured, right), was forced to protect the 23-year-old after that he shared the post to Instagram on Friday
Indigenous AFL stars have been sharing the offensive comments they receive on the web amid the global Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality.
Melbourne Demons defender, Neville Jetta, also had an emoji of a monkey posted on his newest Instagram post.
The 30-year-old posted an image of himself with an indigenous painting he received after marking his 150th game for the Demons on Friday.
‘Another racial comment but to me these times … there has to be a better system in place to track people like this and hold them accountable,’ Jetta wrote on his Instagram.
Melbourne Demons defender, Neville Jetta, also had an emoji of a monkey posted on his most recent Instagram post (pictured)
On Wednesday, indigenous Carlton Blues star Eddie Betts opened up about his experience with racism in the AFL.
In a candid interview with AFL360 on Fox Sports, Betts, 33, said he is ‘absolutely sick of copping’ racist abuse.
‘It hurts. It deeply hurts. And you think to yourself, why should I keep playing footy if I’m going to keep copping this? I want to produce a change,’ he said.
Betts’ comments come just days after he called out a racist footy fan who used an image of a chimpanzee while making a derogatory comment about him.
‘I thought, ‘what’s likely to happen?’, ‘do I need to deal with it again?’ … it’s just tiring, fighting, fighting, fighting,’ that he said.
‘It just keeps happening annually for the last 10 years.’
Betts said that he often cops racial abuse online, and also had a banana thrown at him during a game.
Betts predicted he would be subjected to more racial abuse ‘next week again,’ but said he continues to play football to take a stance against bigotry (pictured with wife Anna Scullie)
Sports fans in america recently suggested racism was worse in Australia than America following Adam Goodes’ documentary.
There was an outpouring of support for the Sydney Swans great after The Australian Dream aired on ESPN on Wednesday night US time.
The powerful documentary looks right back on the tumultuous end to the career of the dual Brownlow Medallist and premiership hero, where that he was exposed to incessant taunting and booing.
Many were left with the belief racism was worse in Australia than in the US.
‘The treatment he received to be an native Australian makes white Australia look like a lot of southern crackers,’ one viewer wrote.
Another added: ‘Incredible story fantastically told about Adam Goodes, an Australian rules football player who stood up to generational racism & imperialism, but paid an amount for it. Plenty of Australians still need to get on the right side of this.’
Aboriginal AFL legend Adam Goodes (pictured) was exposed to incessant taunting and booing throughout the final stages of his career and forced his retirement in 2015