Latrell Mitchell reveals he almost walked away from rugby league last year over racist attacks

NRL superstar Latrell Mitchell has revealed he considered walking away from the game amid a spate of vile racist messages late last year.Mitchell was famously vocal in September when he called out racist attacks he was copping via social media. Mitchell said he was never going to take a step back against the abuse, but…

NRL superstar Latrell Mitchell has revealed he considered walking away from the game amid a spate of vile racist messages late last year.

Mitchell was famously vocal in September when he called out racist attacks he was copping via social media. Mitchell said he was never going to take a step back against the abuse, but the taller he stood, the more the trolls pushed.

Two months later, the dual premiership star would find himself at the centre of a high-profile off-season switch away from the Roosters to arch-enemies South Sydney, and the messages only got worse from there.

It was at that point the 22-year-old was set to hang up the boots and set off into early retirement, as he drew parallels between his own struggle and that of fellow indigenous athlete and Swans great Adam Goodes.

“I thought, why don’t I just go get a nine-to-five job and not be in the spotlight?

“Adam Goodes retired in a disappointing way, getting booed every game. There’s only so much a player can take before it’s enough.

“For him to stand up for what he believes in, and then get booed off, is very disappointing, and he had no choice. It affected his ability to play.

“Mental health is a major issue in the world at the moment, and Indigenous men have the highest suicide rate in the world, so that’s cr

Source: https://techtoday19.com/au/latrell-mitchell-reveals-he-almost-walked-away-from-rugby-league-last-year-over-racist-attacks/

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