Aboriginal AFL star is repeatedly ‘racially abused and taunted’ at New Year’s Eve function in Perth

Aboriginal AFL star Lewis Jetta was repeatedly ‘racially abused and taunted’ at a New Year’s Eve function in Perth

The West Coast Eagles speedster was at Gloucester Park race course with his family ringing in the new year when other revellers began taunting the group. 

A woman who sat near Jetta, his partner and their two young children during the family-focused celebration said the abuse spanned over several hours.

She said at one point a person with a beer in their hand walked up to him and said ‘you shouldn’t be here’.

The woman said she was sickened by what she witnessed. 

Aboriginal AFL star Lewis Jetta was repeatedly 'racially abused and taunted' at a New Year's Eve function in Perth (Pictured: Jetta with partner Jess Miller)

Aboriginal AFL star Lewis Jetta was repeatedly ‘racially abused and taunted’ at a New Year’s Eve function in Perth (Pictured: Jetta with partner Jess Miller)

‘We were sitting next to Lewis Jetta and his family and the way that they were treated was disgraceful. I was so embarrassed to call myself an Australian,’ the woman told WA Today.

 ‘It was constant. We were there from 5.30pm until midnight and he just had it 24/7. The way he could control himself … it was amazing.’

Gloucester Park chief executive Michael Radley said they would have booted anyone out of the venue if any sort of behviour was reported.

‘We don’t stand for any type of abuse or vilification,’ he said.

Jetta entered the AFL in 2010 as a first-round draft pick for the Sydney Swans before being traded to West Coast in 2015 in exchange for Callum Sinclair.

He played in Sydney’s 2012 premiership-winning side and provided one of the highlights of the 2012 grand final when he went on a 100 metre run with the ball, staying ahead of the similarly fast Cyril Rioli.

Jetta then won the flag again with the Eagles in 2018 after scoring the late go-ahead goal in the qualifying final against Collingwood.

The West Coast Eagles speedster was at Gloucester Park race course with his family ringing in the new year when other revellers allegedly began taunting the group

The West Coast Eagles speedster was at Gloucester Park race course with his family ringing in the new year when other revellers allegedly began taunting the group 

The small midfielder has kicked 116 goals in his 181 matches during his career, including the most on Sydney’s champion 2012 squad.

During his last season with Sydney, Jetta became involved in the controversy surrounding his fellow Indigenous player Adam Goodes, who was loudly booed by opposing fans throughout the final year of his career.

Though the motivation of the booers was mixed, many inferred a racist element. Jetta responded to that booing during a game against the Eagles by performing an Aboriginal war dance after scoring a goal.

Jetta and his girlfriend Jessica Miller have an eight-year-old son, Lewis Oliver Miller Jetta, and five-year-old daughter, Daisy Ivy Miller Jetta.

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