Fremantle Dockers forward Michael Walters beaming with pride over club’s handling of Black Lives Matter membership issue

Jun 17, 2020

By Mitch Woodcock

Fremantle star Michael Walters says his club handled themselves perfectly after they refunded a disgruntled member who wanted to distance himself from the round two Black Lives Matter kneel.

Twitter user Miles Obst said he would cancel his two $900 memberships if “our boys” took a knee, with the club swiftly responding to organise a refund.

Walters beamed with pride when talking about the fact the Dockers, as well as the other 17 clubs and umpires, knelt together before games across the round.

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“Everyone is entitled to their opinions, whether their wrong or right,” Walters told Yokayi Footy.

“I couldn’t judge what that guy thinks about it, about taking the knee.

“The way the club handled it, but also the whole of the competition, to go about the way that their doing it and also the umpires getting involved as well is a massive credit to them.

“We all want to be treated equally, no matter if you’re Indigenous, whether you’re from another country, whatever.

 

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers celebrates with Michael Walters after kicking a goal during the round 2 AFL match.

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers celebrates with Michael Walters after kicking a goal during the round 2 AFL match. Credit: Bradley Kanaris/via AFL Photos

“Everyone’s equal and it’s about time that everyone realised that because we’ve been here, we’re staying here, we’re not going anywhere. So everyone just needs to get used to it.”

Walters said he loved playing for the Dockers because of their rich Indigenous playing history.

“It is important, we’ve had a lot of Indigenous players come to the Fremantle Dockers over the journey,” he said.

“Past players, present players and no doubt there’s going to be more indigenous players coming through this footy club.

“To be able to pull on a Freo jumper is important because of our strong Indigenous history and every time I go out there I am doing it for my culture, I am doing it for my family, I am doing it for the wider community as well.

“For our Fremantle members who are Indigenous and also non-Indigenous as well.

“The history of Indigenous players here at the Fremantle footy club is massive and there is no doubt it is going to be continuing on as well.”

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