Latrell Mitchell Reveals New Details About Why He Screamed “My Shoulders!” during a nightclub arrest
Latrell Mitchell Reveals New Details About Why He Screamed “My Shoulders!” during nightclub arrest – and asks very pointed question about reaction to her ‘fight’ with Jack Wighton
- The Souths star cried out in pain as he was handcuffed
- He and Wighton are both accused of fighting, in court
- The pair are now gearing up for the Indigenous All-Star Game
Latrell Mitchell is adamant he and Jack Wighton were ‘just having fun’ after the NRL star duo were arrested in Canberra last week as he addressed the issue ahead of this weekend’s All-Star game in New York -Zealand.
Apologizing again for the incident, after the two close friends celebrated Wighton’s 30th birthday, South Sydney star Mitchell was mum on the potential outcome of the legal proceedings.
Both were arrested after police intervened as they struggled outside a nightclub at 3am on Sunday.
They spent the night behind bars, Mitchell charged with fighting in a public place, fighting and resisting a public official in the territory, while Canberra star Wighton was charged with fighting in a public place and with fail to comply with an exclusion instruction.
The two cousins and close friends were both arrested and spent the night in jail hours after Mitchell posted this photo ahead of Wighton’s 30th birthday celebrations.
Mitchell thinks no one would have cared if anyone other than him and Wighton (pictured together traveling to New Zealand for the All-Stars game) had been arrested in Canberra
Some witnesses claimed the police overreacted and Mitchell, speaking to reporters in Rotorua, said adamantly the couple had done nothing wrong.
“It was just me and ‘Jackie Boy’ being cousins, being friendly and doing what we do, just having fun,” he said.
“Would you hear about it if it wasn’t Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell?”
When asked if he believed the couple were being targeted by police. Mitchell said, “Everyone has a perspective and time will tell.”
Mitchell revealed he was carrying shoulder pain before the arrest, during which video showed police pinning him to the ground.
The Souths star explained that a pre-existing injury was the reason he repeatedly shouted “My shoulders!” during his arrest (photo)
He said the problem hasn’t gone away, but he was cleared to play this weekend.
“The doc pretty much cleared me, but there’s definitely still a few things going on with it,” he said.
“It’s an underlying issue, but the focus now is on getting myself ready for the weekend.”
Despite being accused of bringing the game into disrepute, Mitchell said he “won’t change for anyone” and had the support of his club.
“The club have been very supportive of me and I can’t thank South Sydney enough. I just want to say sorry to them because that’s obviously not what we want before the NRL season,’ he said.
“That’s obviously not what we want at the start of an NRL season and that’s not what anyone wants. I want this game to be as clean as possible and to play the game with the passion that I bring and I want to keep that off the pitch as well.
“I will not change for anyone. Anyone who knows me knows who Latrell Mitchell is and that’s all that matters in the end.
Great friends turned ‘brawl brothers’ Wighton and Mitchell have played together on many representative teams – such as the NSW Blues in 2019 (pictured)
Wighton said he should “live with it now” and also apologized again.
“It’s not what everyone wants. I’m really sorry for the club. I worked for the last five years to pay off my last shit,” he said.
“I have a young family and it’s never good to experience this kind of thing. It’s something I have to live with now.
Wighton and Mitchell will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on February 22, just days before the NRL season kicks off on March 2.