‘I don’t care if I’m swearing’: Latrell set to escape NRL sanctions despite foul-mouthed radio interview


NRL players have been reminded of their responsibilities while speaking to the media, after Latrell Mitchell raised eyebrows with an expletive-laden post-match radio interview.

But the sport’s governing body is unlikely to sanction the South Sydney fullback, who said “f***” four times during a live interview following the Rabbitohs’ loss to Brisbane on Thursday night.

“Honestly f***, it was s***, the first bit, it was a hard game, f***,” Mitchell said on Triple M after the Broncos’ 28-18 win.

“Honestly (the Broncos) are big boys, they’re competitors, you wonder why they came runners-up last year, so f***, we can build on that.

“I don’t care if I’m swearing, boys, honestly.”

Mitchell swore a final time as he discussed scoring his 100th career try in the match.

At that point, Triple M cut the interview short apologising to listeners for the profanities.

Former Triple M caller Anthony Maroon was livid with Mitchell’s foul-mouthed performance.

“Latrell Mitchell’s behaviour last night, mate if you happen to be listening, you are an absolute disgrace,” Maroon said.

“You are an embarrassment to our jumper and the tradition and the people it represents.

Latrell Mitchell. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

“For you to get on Triple M live on air and drop the F bomb half a dozen times and then give yourself credit for scoring 100 tries, I honestly cannot fathom what’s going on in your head.

“If any of the hierarchy at our club is listening, for god’s sake, pull this bloke into line.”

Mitchell also posted artwork on Instagram to celebrate his milestone accompanied by Drake’s “0 to 100/The Catch Up” with the N-word used five times in the short grab.

He said he didn’t want to comment on the radio interview when asked to explain his actions.

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NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said it was important players recognised that their status as role models extended to their media comments.

“We encourage players to be themselves and be authentic,” Abdo said in a statement.

“However, they also know they are professionals and role models which means setting an example.

“When speaking to fans via media interviews, we have a responsibility to be respectful.”

The NRL has examined the remarks and the matter is unlikely to be escalated further.

with AAP

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