NSW Premier Mike Baird has taken to Facebook to tell hecklers, racist or not, the incessant booing towards Swans player Adam Goodes must stop.
“Regardless of the conscious or subconscious motivations of the hecklers, we can all see that Goodsey is hurting to the point of not wanting to lace up his boots,” said Baird.
“Whichever team we support, surely we can all agree that risking the premature ending of the career of one of AFL’s great players is totally unacceptable.”
Baird drew a strong distinction between what he called `good-natured heckling’ and `relentless booing’, admitting that he had in the past booed at players, but when it came to Goodes a line had been crossed.
“Some may argue that the line between good-natured and malicious heckling can be fuzzy. But there is nothing fuzzy about this.”
Baird also praised Goodes for his achievements and echoed his sentiments from yesterday that he hoped to see Goodes return to the field soon.
“Adam Goodes is an incredibly talented footballer. He is a passionate advocate for his people and his country,” said Baird.
“Goodsey, I hope you feel the waves of support from the many thousands of supporters that have got your back. I cant wait for you to get back on the field. When you do, I’ll be cheering loudly for you.
“And I won’t be alone.”