'Nothing's changed': Latrell Mitchell makes stand after racist abuse

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell (pictured) looking on before a game.
Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell (pictured) said he will continue to call out alleged racist abuse in the future. (Getty Images)

Indigenous South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell said he will continue to make a stand against racism after the police made two arrests last week.

Last week, Mitchell forwarded the allegedly abusive messages to his management, who took them to Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly.

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They were then passed onto the NRL's integrity unit, who forwarded them to police.

Since the arrest, Mitchell fronted the media on Monday and said he wanted to continue to be an Indigenous leader and stamp out the racial abuse.

Mitchell said he has endorsed the outcome of an arrest for online racial abuse and wants a system where the reporting can be done streamlined to the police for players targeted.

"I had to find the courage (to speak up)," he said.

"I've been copping this all my life since I was an eight-year-old kid. My ancestors before me have and nothing's changed.

"I've always aired them out on social media as everyone has seen and I think that's what they wanted to get a kick out of.

"(The arrest) is an outcome that I've wanted for a very long time for people to be accountable for their actions and their words."

Mitchell targets community leader role

Mitchell was adamant police involvement would deter people thinking of racial abuse.

He also said he hoped he would be remembered as more than a 'rugby league player' and for his role within the wider community.

"I think people are going to think twice now," Mitchell said.

"It's not even just the rugby league community we need to worry about, it's about the general public, it's about our wellbeing.

"It only takes that one message for someone not as strong as me ... for them to go and do some self harm.

"I don't just want to be known as just a rugby league player."

 Latrell Mitchell (pictured right) is tackled during a round five NRL match.
Rabbitohs CEO Jake Solly has praised Latrell Mitchell (pictured right) for setting a good example as a role model. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Rabbitohs CEO Solly had words of praise for Mitchell and the other Indigenous players setting a great example.

"He (Mitchell) is a leader in the game, and both for the indigenous community and the NRL community," Solly said.

"He transcends both of those communities and he's a leader.

"In the indigenous community he's got some great supporters as well. I look at Cody (Walker) at our club for example and players at other clubs.

"They are very articulate and very considered and understand the challenges the community face and have some ideas how to address them."

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