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An impassioned Eddie Betts has called on the public to “have those uncomfortable conversations” just days after the Indigenous AFL great shared footage to social media of children being racially abused while playing basketball at his home.

The former Adelaide and Carlton champion described his repeated efforts to call out incidents of racial abuse as “exhausting”.

“I know I’ve called this out many, many times. I will still stand here in front of everybody and put my face to it,” Betts said on Fox Footy.

Betts posted CCTV footage on Instagram on Thursday night of a white car driving in front of the Glen Iris home while four children played basketball inside the fence.

A male voice can be heard repeatedly yelling the N-word from the slowly moving car.

On Friday police said they had received a report regarding racial abuse toward children. Police allege the driver drove past the property just after 8.30pm on Thursday, yelling from the windows before driving away.

Betts, meanwhile, has vowed to continue his tireless fight to stamp out racism in Australia.

“It was really, really tough and hard to see,” an exasperated Betts said on Fox, where he works as an expert commentator.

“I’m glad that I brought awareness to this because if I didn’t you wouldn’t know what happened. This continues to happen to Aboriginal people all over the country.

“We’ve got to keep calling it out. It is, you know, it is exhausting.

AFL legend Eddie Betts.

AFL legend Eddie Betts.Credit: Eamon Gallagher

“I will still stand here in front of everybody and put my face to it … and call it out, educate and continue to educate because we need to stamp out racism in Australia altogether … because it does hurt. I just want the people who’ve done this and who’ve drove past my house to yell abuse at my kids, it is hurtful.

“This will stick with them [my children] for the rest of their lives and the rest of my life.”

Betts said Thursday’s incident was particularly concerning because it happened at his house.

“The only place that I would ever want my kids to feel safe is is at home, and they can’t even feel safe at home,” he said.

“It has been a tough week but I just want to thank the community, the footy community for their support … it means so much to hear your support.

“As a family we’ll continue to stick together. Like I said we’ll continue to stand here before everybody and continue to educate. That’s the only way we’re going to move forward – with education.

“To everyone at home, if you’re watching this, please have conversations with your kids, your families, your friends, have those uncomfortable conversations … because that’s the only way we’re going to move forward as a nation.”



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