Three players from Australia's Penguin Club thought it would be funny to wear blackface and imitate Venus and Serena Williams. Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain dressed as the Williams sisters, and Beau Grundy was dressed as Aliir. They posted it on Mad Monday, which marks the end of the season for professional footballers.
Their football immediately tried to distance themselves from the whole situation. They released a statement saying that they reprimanded the players and “will be given support to make sure they understand that their behavior was racist and hurtful and that it will not happen again.” They went on to say, “The players concerned have acknowledged that what they did was completely and utterly unacceptable and would like to apologize unreservedly for their lack of judgment… Sometimes players make mistakes and for that we apologize"
There is nothing you can say to make me believe that those footballers didn't know what they were doing was wrong smh
Just when you thought we could relax because Australia at least hasn't had a blackface situation for a while.... along comes Tasmania to save the day.— MGH (@MichelleGHunder) September 19, 2018
@PenguinTwoBlues do you have a comment about the players in your team wearing ‘black-face’..? Disgusting. They should be stood down immediately and permanently. Unless you support racists?— Hayley (@speakcleary) September 19, 2018
Let this team know what you think about the latest display of repulsive racism. #blackface