‘Proud’ Indigenous Tiger calls out vile racist abuse

Richmond forward Matthew Parker has taken to social media after he became the latest Indigenous AFL player to be targeted by alleged racist abuse.

Parker, who joined the Tigers via the mid-season draft following two seasons with the Saints between 2019 and 2020, played his first game in Richmond colours last week during the club’s win over the Lions.

Following the match, Parker was targeted by a social media user, which prompted the forward to call out the abuse on Instagram.

“Honestly, why and when will it stop?” Parker wrote on an Instagram story.

In another Instagram post regarding the same matter, the 25-year-old said, “I’ll always be a proud Indigenous man. Racism needs to stop.”

In screenshots shared by Parker, it appeared the social media user involved reached out to the Richmond player to “apologise” for what he posted online.

Parker’s incident comes just a day after St Kilda midfielder Bradley Hill was targeted on social media.

Hill, an Indigenous AFL player also, took to Instagram after his partner was sent vile messages following St Kilda’s loss to Port Adelaide on the weekend.

“A loss is a loss,” the Saints said in a club statement.

“It does not give people the right to racially abuse or personally vilify a player, their family or anyone in the community.

“Too many times this year, our players and their loved ones have been victim to this type of abuse – enough is enough.

“If you engage in online abuse, you are not with us. Together we rise above and help stamp out racism.”

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