Out Aussie Rules star to teach new players about anti-gay hate
Jason Ball hopes speaking to new footballers about homophobia will have a positive impact on the sport
Gay Aussie Rules football star Jason Ball will teach new players about homophobia.
The sportsman who came out in September will speak to the rookie athletes about gay hate during their induction training by the Australian Football League Players Association in January.
Ball hopes giving new recruits the chance to meet and talk to an openly gay player will make a positive impact on the sport.
‘People are able to connect with a personal story a lot better than a bunch of rules or regulations,’ he told MCV. ‘That’s what I can provide.’
He added: ‘It’s important when they’re just starting out and learning everything involved with being a football player, it does come with a lot of responsibility.
‘This is why they have those camps, to give them an understanding of the fact that they are going to be a role model in society.’
Days after he came out, the 24-year-old launched a change.org campaign urging the AFL to show an anti-homophobia ad at the end of the month during their Grand Final, the league’s equivalent of the Super Bowl.
The league recently announced its support of the No to Homophobia campaign which he called ‘a great first step’ but added that the AFL needs to do more.