- Betts posted a video of a man tearing down a “Yes” banner
- AFL Great tells the perpetrator that “no” has won and he can return it
- Betts publicly supported the unsuccessful Yes campaign
Indigenous AFL icon Eddie Betts has shared a stylish response on social media to a man who ripped down a “Yes” referendum poster outside his Melbourne home.
Betts, who publicly supported the Yes campaign in the run-up to the referendum, shared a video on Instagram of the man responsible for the act.
The now-deleted footage shows the perpetrator parking his car before exiting his vehicle and approaching Betts’ house.
The man can then be seen removing the “Yes” banner from Betts’ fence and carrying it back to his car.
“Hey old Fulla, it’s all good,” Betts captioned the video.
Eddie Betts responded to a man who removed his Yes banner from his home
Betts posted a now-deleted video on his Instagram showing the man removing the poster (pictured).
“The no won.”
“You can now spend your time doing things that matter, that’s what I do.”
“You took away the children’s votes and now you’ve taken away their YES sign – if you want to catch up and give it back, let me know.”
The post was met with support from Betts’ followers, with Australian supermodel Megan Gale describing the act as “disgusting beyond words”.
The Carlton and Adelaide star was one of many sports stars to support the Yes campaign.
“I know the vote won’t fix everything overnight, but I feel like it opens a path to make sure we’re included and respected in decision-making on issues that affect us,” Betts said of the year.
After scoring 640 AFL goals over 17 entertaining years in the league, Betts has in recent years focused on becoming a spokesperson for Indigenous peoples across Australia.
In 2022, Betts revealed that he felt like he didn’t belong in Australia after being kicked out of a public swimming pool with his children because of the color of their skin.
Betts’ post sparked an outpouring of support from fans, including model Megan Gale
The AFL legend publicly supported the Yes campaign ahead of the referendum
Betts has long advocated for better treatment of Australia’s indigenous population
“Well it happens all the time, we grew up with this stuff,” he told Fox Sports. “It doesn’t just affect the AFL system, it affects all of these systems.”
“I am followed by security guards in the store. This year alone I was at a swimming pool and the lifeguard came up to me and told me I had to get out of the pool.
“I was holding my child, my baby in my hand and my two twins were swimming around and I found two old white elderly couples telling the lifeguard to get out of the pool because I was making their grandchild uncomfortable.”
“It just made me feel like I don’t belong here in Australia because these issues keep happening.”
“My wife keeps pushing it into me and keeps telling me, ‘You should feel like you belong here out of everyone else because this is your country and you should never feel like this.’
“But because I’m constantly faced with these problems, I feel like I don’t belong.”