Matty Johns gets revenge on son Cooper for cruel paternity prank

Matty Johns is one of footy’s funniest characters but he was “rattled” when son Cooper turned the tables with a seriously cruel prank call in early September.

The 21-year-old playmaker, who made his NRL debut for Melbourne this season, was enlisted by radio duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O to put a scare through his dad and the youngster delivered.

Cooper said he was getting lots of feedback suggesting he looked like former rugby league star Kurt Gidley — and he asked Matty live on air whether the ex-NSW captain was his real father.

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Cooper said the constant speculation was starting to rattle him, prompting Matty to tell him he shouldn’t be taking notice of “imbeciles” on social media.

“Oh mate, please, people say to me all the time how much we look alike,” Matty said.

“My first instinct is to laugh but at the moment I can’t really work out how serious you are. One-to-10, how serious are you now?”

Cooper said he was a “12”, prompting Matty to do the math on the age gap between Gidley and his son.

Kurt Gidley, Cooper Johns and Matty Johns.Source:Getty Images

“Well there you go mate, so obviously he fathered you when he was 14. Come on,” Matty said. “It’s a gee-up.”

But Cooper persisted, asking his dad if he’d take a DNA test to put the matter to bed.

Matty went silent, lost for words.

“F*** mate, now you’re rattling me,” he eventually managed to say.

That’s when Kyle and Jackie O put an end to the cruelty, jumping in to let Matty know it was all done for a laugh. The prank went viral and prompted heated debate over whether it went too far.

But now the Fox League funnyman has had his revenge.

Matty pulled Cooper off the bench to fill-in for his uncle Andrew when he failed to front up for their SEN morning radio show this week.

When Cooper went to the bathroom before the show started Matty’s producer pinched his mobile phone and sent a text message to a number of his Melbourne Storm teammates, his coach Craig Bellamy and his captain Cameron Smith, who has been making headlines all week after releasing his autobiography.

The text read: “What about our fearless leader’s self-adoring memoir? Never felt the need to even mention my name, huh? Enjoy the Titans, baldy.”

Matty Johns has finally got his revenge on his son Cooper, right with Cameron Smith.Source:Getty Images

“Oh no,” Cooper said, when he was told what happened. “Now it’s going to be me at the Titans.”

It wasn’t long before the replies started coming back.

Christian Welch wrote: “Haha what’s this? I love it.”

Josh Addo-Carr responded: “What did he sign with them?”

We’re yet to hear what Smith and Bellamy made of the text but no doubt Cooper has some explaining to do at preseason training.

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