Australian athletes speak out against abuse from angry gamblers Reuters · August 11, 2020 at 7:47 am Australian sportsmen from several codes have spoken out against gamblers who abuse players on social media when they lose bets after an Australian Rules player said he had received death threats at the weekend. Greater Western Sydney Giants’ Callan Ward said threats were made on an Instagram post featuring his young son after he was awarded a decisive late free kick in an Australian Football League (AFL) win over the Essendon Bombers at the weekend. While Callan said the threats were the result of misplaced passion, Brisbane Lions player Mitch Robinson posted a strongly-worded message on Twitter on Monday linking abuse to gambling. “Public announcement!” he wrote. “Not one AFL player (cares) how we cost you a $100 multi, it’s $5 bet you idiot.