Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell has taken a stand against online bullying after he was subjected to racially abusive messages on social media.
Mitchell last week reported two people for racist trolling which resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old man in Taree on the NSW Mid-North Coast and a 25-year-old man on the Central Coast.
Both men have been charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.
Speaking to media about his decision to report the messages to police, Mitchell said he was “taking a stand”.
“I’ve been copping this all my life, since I was an eight year old kid, you know. My ancestors before me have and nothing’s changing.”
“Enough is enough, I’ve set the standard for the general public to go, right, if you see it call it out.”
“With these two messages for instance I just said, ‘I’ve had enough’ and I sent off to my management and said ‘can you deal with this?'”
Mitchell has been commended by NRL CEO Andrew Abdo, who said the game would not tolerate racial abuse or threats against players.
“There is no place for fans like this in our game. Any fan who racially abuses or threatens our players will be referred to police.”