A top Aussie Rules Football club is following Colin Kaepernick’s lead … with the entire organization taking a knee Thursday in an effort to put a spotlight on racial injustice Down Under.
Players, coaches and staff for the Brisbane Lions — one of the best teams in the AFL — took the field following a team meeting and each person took a knee.
The team says they’ve been inspired by the protests ignited by the killing of George Floyd — but they also want to highlight the racial injustices in Australia impacting their own Indigenous population.
According to reports, Indigenous people only make up 3% of the country’s general population — yet they make up 30% of the Australian jail population.
There are several Indigenous people on the Lions team along with one player of “African American descent” — and they all spoke to the team “about the impact current events have had on them.”
“[Taking a knee] is how the team chose to show their support to their teammates, their families, and the Indigenous community,” the team said in a statement.