I don’t follow sports. I’m not interested in them, not even vaguely. But it would be hard not to notice the Adam Goodes controversy. And there’s something about it which is bugging me, which doesn’t seem to be bothering anyone else.

Some people have offered the defence that the booing and jeering isn’t racially motivated – people are just booing because that’s what they do at a sports game.

And isn’t that wrong? Shouldn’t we be bothered at the idea of sportspeople being booed for being on the opposite team? Surely that’s not what we want kids to learn about sport. I’d like my kids to respect other sportspeople, regardless of their team or gender or race or anything like that. Why aren’t more people bothered about the booing, full stop?

Posted by BellaB, 31st July 2015

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  • I am so over the Goodesy incident. If the media stopped writing about it, the booing would stop.as usual, they’ll print anything for a story


  • I 100% agree with culture around sport needs to change full stop!


  • The culture around sport needs to change.


  • yeah it is a bit shameful hey.


  • We weren’t even at an Adam Goodes game, but I caught my son booing when he got caught up in the crowd mentality. I get the reason behind some adults booing when somebody does something totally against the spirit of the game, or a very low act like violence etc, but not general booing just because it’s the opposition. The recent game I went to, I must say the Swans fans behaved impeccably and were not arrogant when they defeated my team the Hawks.

    • I agree, booing against violence is acceptable as violence is unacceptable. We need to teach our children about good sportsmanship.


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