Latrell Mitchell’s manager threatens media with legal action after Rabbitohs star snubs children at junior rugby league event

Latrell Mitchell’s manager threatens media with legal action after Rabbitohs star snubs children at junior rugby league event
  • PublishedSeptember 14, 2023

Latrell Mitchell’s agent has threatened the media with legal action after a grandparent revealed the Rabbitohs’ star fullback refused to take photos with children on the weekend.

The 26-year-old attended a junior rugby league gala day in Penrith on Saturday and was happy to sign autographs and greet the youngsters but refused to take photos.

A Rabbitohs supporter of more than 50 years was watching his grandsons aged eight and four play at the event and revealed he was shocked to see Mitchell tell the children to “go away” when the pair asked for a selfie.

“I’ve been a Rabbitohs supporter for about 54 years and to hear that on Saturday morning was so disappointing and I’m pretty sure I’m no longer a Rabbitohs supporter,” the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told 2GB host Ben Fordham.

“The eight-year-old actually approached Latrell and he was the one (who said) ‘No, my day off, no photos, go away’.

“They were both devastated especially my four-year-old and he ran back to my daughter and said ‘Latrell told him to go away’.”

The grandfather added his four-year-old grandson will no longer use Mitchell’s name when playing football at home.

“The children look up to Latrell Mitchell and even on Sunday morning we were playing a little bit of football in my front yard and my four-year-old he’s always Latrell Mitchell,” he said.

“But then on Sunday he realised he can’t be Latrell Mitchell anymore he had to pick another name so he chose Nathan Cleary.”

Mitchell is a well known advocate in Indigenous communities and role model for young stars. Picture: Brendan Radke

Mitchell is a well known advocate in Indigenous communities and role model for young stars. Picture: Brendan Radke

Fordham was shocked to hear Mitchell had refused to take photos with young players while in attendance at a junior rugby league event.

The 2GB host then read out an email from Mitchell’s agent, No Limit Boxing’s Matt Rose, who threatened to issue legal notices to media companies who report on the incident because it will “push Latrell further away”.

“Latrell drove out to Penrith to attend a gala day on Saturday and he was there with his family for several hours,” Mr Rose wrote.

“Whilst at the gala day Latrell signed autographs and shook hands with junior rugby league players, but there were no photos taken on the day, it is not uncommon for him to say no to photos.

“If this is raised in the media it will only push Latrell further away and may lead to him not attending similar junior events in the future. If you take on Latrell you’ll have a legal letter on your doorstep.”

Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly was furious with the allegation and insisted Mitchell always made time to speak with young fans.

“In my time at the Rabbitohs, I’ve never seen a player stop for more photos, autographs or interactions with fans than Latrell Mitchell,” he said.

“On this occasion, it is his off-season, he goes out to a huge carnival for junior rugby league in the Penrith area with over 40 junior teams involved, he attends with his family. He signs autographs and engages with hundreds of kids. But given the amount of people there – and the fact he’s with his family, he would prefer not to have photographs. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request of a player in that situation.

“At the end of the day he’s gone out to attend a junior rugby league carnival, engage with any number of kids and fans on a day off when he doesn’t have to with his own family and he’s being criticised for not stopping for photos.

“It’s actually an outrageous criticism. He is a player, who in my time at the club, gives more back to the rugby league community than almost any other. What more do people expect of him?”

The incident adds to the current scrutiny of Mitchell and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, after the club crashed out of NRL Finals contention despite being one of the premiership favourites during the year.

The Rabbitohs also parted ways with assistant coach Sam Burgess after he disagreed with head coach Jason Demetriou over alleged preferential treatment being given to Mitchell and the club’s five-eighth Cody Walker.

SOURCE: SKYNEWS

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