The Aboriginal flag tattoo on the back of Joel Thompson's neck has the former Canberra Raider wondering whether he should have paid copyright to get it. While it was a light-hearted comment it highlighted a serious problem for the Indigenous community and a cause Thompson has lent his voice to. With a multitude of other problems facing his community - like racism and life expectancy - Thompson said not being able to use the Aboriginal flag shouldn't be one of them. The 32-year-old said the Indigenous NRL players had been silent for too long, but the Free The Flag campaign was one of a number of Aboriginal issues they were starting to speak out on. And they've shown this year what they can do when they do exactly that.