- Rabbitohs star attended a footy gala day in Penrith
- Manager confirmed he signed autographs for fans
- Reportedly denied requests for selfies with youngsters
The agent of NRL superstar Latrell Mitchell has threatened legal action after a footy fan claimed the South Sydney fullback refused to take a photo with his grandsons as it was ‘his day off.’
Mitchell, 26, attended a junior rugby league gala day at Penrith in Sydney’s west last Saturday and happily signed a number of autographs, according to his representative from No Limit Boxing, Matt Rose.
But one disappointed footy fan claims selfies were out of the question for the Bunnies no.1.
‘My [eight-year-old] grandson approached him and asked for a photo but he [Mitchell] said it was his day off,’ a long-term Rabbitohs supporter who only wanted to be known as ‘Joe’ told 2GB’s Ben Fordham on Tuesday.
‘He refused …. my two grandkids – the other one is four – were left devastated, they were told [by Mitchell] to ‘go away.’
The manager of NRL superstar Latrell Mitchell has threatened legal action after a footy fan claimed on 2GB Radio the South Sydney fullback refused to take a photo with his grandsons as it was ‘his day off’
The alleged incident unfolded at a rugby league junior gala day in Penrith last Saturday (Mitchell is pictured with Indigenous actor Quaden Bayles)
The Souths star’s manager has threatened a media outlet with legal action over the claims from the grandfather of two young boys (pictured, Mitchell with Chris Hemsworth)
‘One used to always be Latrell playing footy in the backyard, now he wants to be [Panthers halfback] Nathan Cleary.’
A fired-up Rose sent Fordham an email claiming that Mitchell didn’t pose for any photographs because he attended the gala day with his family.
‘Media coverage on this will [only] push Latrell further away,’ Rose fumed.
‘If you take him on, [expect a] legal letter on your doorstep.’
Fordham was shocked by the allegations, telling his listeners Mitchell is renowned for giving up his time with supporters after many NRL games, posing for countless photos.
His colleague on 2GB Ray Hadley had some sound advice for Mitchell – never say no to photos from young fans.
‘I spent 30 years sitting alongside [the late NRL Immortal] Bob Fulton. In airport lounges, at football grounds,’ Hadley told his listeners.
‘And never once did I see him reject a request for either an autograph of a photograph from an older person or a younger person.
‘Instead of his management team telling Ben [Fordham] we’ll sue you for defamation, I think Latrell would be much better off picking up the phone and finding out the name of the grandfather.
‘And say, I was having a bad day… I’ve made an error in judgment… where are the kids… where can I see them. Problem solved.’
Meanwhile, Mitchell is expected to withdraw from the Kangaroos squad ahead of the end-of-season Test matches against New Zealand and Samoa in Townsville and Melbourne.
Mitchell has a hand injury which requires surgery and is tipped to inform coach Mal Meninga that we won’t be available for selection.
His withdrawal could see the likes of Newcastle’s Bradman Best or Broncos’ star Kotoni Staggs snare an Australian jersey.
Jack Wighton has retired from the representative arena and Valentine Holmes is facing an integrity unit investigation from the NRL after posting a photo of himself on social media with what appears to be a bag of white powder in his mouth.
Holmes insists it was a prank gone wrong after the image went viral online.