The partner of Latrell Mitchell has received death threats following the sickening tackle that ended his season and that of former Roosters teammate Joseph Manu, according to the South Sydney star’s uncle.
The fallout from Mitchell’s tackle, which has resulted in him copping a six-week suspension, continues. The Roosters have been fined $40,000 for their reaction to the incident, which included coach Trent Robinson’s post-match comments about the way match officials handled the situation.
Mitchell has been heavily criticised for his approach to the game and for not showing more compassion towards Manu on the field. Now his family has come under attack, according to Mitchell’s uncle, Maurice Goolangong.
Speaking on radio with Central Coast’s Triple M, Goolagong said his nephew is “not going too well” after attacks on his character.
“He’s an aggressive player, that’s just it,” Goolagong said.
“It’s the way he plays. When he’s doing something right, everyone is praising him.
Latrell Mitchell’s partner is reportedly receiving death threats.Credit:Getty
“One little incident, then bang. Even his partner has been getting death threats and everything as well.”
Mitchell’s partner, Brielle Mercy, reposted some of the abuse that had been hurled at her on her Instagram account on Saturday.
Goolagong said he had spoken to Mitchell every day since Friday’s incident and that the star fullback had no intention of injuring Manu.
“He’s been playing that way ever since he strapped on footy boots,” Goolagong said.
“He’s always been an aggressive player, he just likes to win. There was no malice in it whatsoever.
“He was just protecting his line, obviously. It was just unfortunate the way the tackle happened. Look, he’s regretful, it’s just unfortunate. [It’s] the speed of the game or whatever else.”
Speaking on Nine’s 100% Footy, Phil Gould clarified his comments regarding why those who haven’t played the game aren’t in a position to understand Mitchell’s tackle.
“That’s taken out of context,” Gould said.
“What I said was if you haven’t been in that position that Latrell Mitchell is in, coming across the field with Joseph Manu stepping and pulling out of tackles and what he’d done previously in the night, trying to stop the offloads, stopping [him] scoring a try, ‘I’ve got to get to him quick’, ‘I’ve got to get to him before he passes it’, ‘I’ve got to deal with that’ … Unless you’re actually in there you have no idea how these tackles go wrong so very, very quickly.
“That’s what I’m saying. I’m not saying you’re not entitled to a comment, I’m not saying you’re not entitled to an opinion. But whether I respect that decision as to someone who knows what went on in the minds of Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu, then I’m going to take my own opinion.”
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