Two men charged over racially abusing NRL star Latrell Mitchell
Two men from the NSW Mid North Coast have been arrested today after allegedly sending Latrell Mitchell racially abusive social media messages.
Ava Benny-MorrisonCrime reporter
April 23, 2021 - 1:46PM
The Saturday Telegraph
Two men have been arrested after allegedly sending racially abusive messages to NRL star Latrell Mitchell.
The NSW Police Fixated Persons Unit kicked off an investigation earlier this week after the Rabbitohs full back received a series of abusive social media messages, some of which were racially charged, on Instagram. The messages were sent last weekend.
Detectives arrested two men, a 22-year-old in Taree and a 25-year-old at Lake Munmorah, on the NSW Mid North Coast today.
Latrell Mitchell leads the war cry during the Indigenous All Stars game in February. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images
They were charged with using a carriage service to harass, menace and cause offence.
They were granted bail to appear in court next month.
Police also seized electronic devices from the mens’ homes.
It is not the first time Mitchell, who copped a controversial four week ban from the game this week for a hit on West Tigers winger David Nofoaluma, has been the target of derogatory messages from strangers on social media.
Mitchell has spoken out against racism in the past after he received abusive messages in 2019. Picture: Toby Zerna
He considered quitting the NRL after being bombarded with disgraceful messages in 2019.
“Honestly, I was that close to giving up,” Mitchell told The Daily Telegraph last year.
“I thought, why don’t I just go get a nine-to-five job and not be in the spotlight?”
The 23-year-old indigenous all stars player has been contacted for comment.