West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui has revealed the shocking frequency of racial abuse instances he faces during the home and away season.
The AFL in recent times has battled a number of racial attacks surrounding its star players with the likes of Adam Goodes, Eddie Betts, Liam Ryan and countless others being on the end of some disturbing comments.
Speaking on Friday, Naitanui declared he receives a "heap" of abuse, admitting he struggles to balance the amount of attacks he chooses to call out with the concern of giving trolls a voice.
"Yeah. I get a heap," Naitanui told The Age.
"You know, it comes to a point where you don't want to post it or put it on. You get a lot of players who will post it and put it out there.
"To me, that's beneficial at times, because it is calling them out, I've done it a few times. But then it gets to a point where how much voice do you give these people?
"If I showed you my in-box during the season, it's full of that stuff, every second comment. Not every second, but it's one in ten, so it's like, which is more than enough. Disappointing, but you know it's the reality. It slowly will change.
"And I think having books like this or having education at a younger age will, you know, will just kind of filter that.''
Naitanui recently launched a children's illustration book of his first day at school which aims to encourage young kids to accept people from all diversities and cultures.
Growing up as a young kid from a Fijian background, the star Eagle admitted it was difficult to play football as he often received a large volume of racial abuse.
"On the field as a youngster, I did. And, you know, in the community games and things I copped it all the time," he said
"So, I found it hard as a kid trying to play footy.''