FREMANTLE defender Michael Johnson has backed the actions of a rival player amid widespread debate following the AFL�s Indigenous Round over the weekend.
Sydney Swans player and 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes stirred controversy after performing an on-field war dance after he kicked a goal against Carlton on Friday night.
Goodes maintains the animated celebration was not directed at Carlton fans or a response to boos from the crowd, but simply a tribute to the junior Aboriginal players who had taught him the dance.
Johnson today threw his support behind the Sydney legend.
�I just thought it was a proud moment for himself, indigenous players and indigenous communities,� he said.
�Credit to him, he�s standing tall and he�s proud to be indigenous.
�I�ll back him. He�s a quality person and a leader in our community and the playing group.
�He�s free to do whatever he wants and it was the round to do it.�