Image courtesy of 7 News. Adam Goodes reacts to his young abuser.
Friday night should have been a night of elation and triumph for Adam Goodes. Playing for Collingwood in an AFL match at the MCG, Collingwood was moments away from winning by 47 points against the Magpies, the first win of its kind in 13 years.
Then he heard a female voice yell out the word "ape".
It wasn't the first time Goodes has been called a monkey or an ape while on the field. Still, Goodes turned around to face his abuser and was shattered to see that it was a 13-year-old girl. He left the field, leaving his teammates to celebrate the win.
Speaking to Channel Ten on Saturday, an emotional Goodes said the teen has since called him to apologise. He explained to her what that word means to people of indigenous background. He told her he didn't hate her and that she has to learn from her mistakes.