Rabbitohs young gun Jackson Paulo has taken inspiration from fellow superstar Latrell Mitchell – preparing to take evidence of social media abuse to police.
The 22-year-old was hit with a number of abusive comments, including death threats, following his club’s 26-22 loss to the Panthers.
In April 2021, Mitchell received a number of racially offensive social media messages, prompting the NRL Integrity Unit to take the matter to the police.
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Two people have been charged following the investigation – and now Paulo will take a similar approach to the online outburst.
Rabbitohs boss Blake Solly told Triple M: ”Latrell felt he could pull it off because of what he’s been doing for two years.
“In some ways, Latrell has led the way and it’s great that they feel like they can bring it to the public’s attention.
Solly called them “cowards” and warned that the police would track them down after an investigation.
Paulo was forced to change his Instagram account from public to private to limit the abuse and had a meeting with the Integrity Unit on Friday.
“They are working with the police and they will investigate,” Solly said.
If the police believe they can, Jackson and the club will take it even further.
“The cowards use aliases and inflammatory labels to harass people. The police will do everything they can to track them down.
“When it happens, we have to call and inform the public. By bringing it up publicly, it makes people think twice before doing it again.
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Solly also revealed that the Rabbitohs playing squad has rallied around their “resilient teammate”.
“I talked to Jackson[Saturday morning]. He is very patient. He will come back very well. “He wasn’t great Thursday night and Friday, but he got a lot of support from the senior players and coaches,” Soli said.
The South Sydney club is also looking to strip season ticket holders of club memberships.
“In our mind, when you talk to some of the fans and members who have spoken to the club, the people who do that are not real fans or members,” Solly said.
“They are cowards.
“It is not something our club will tolerate. We hope to act as strongly as possible.
Speaking after the game, Souths coach Jason Demetriou said he would sit down with Paulo following the unhappy performance – but stopped short of blaming the 22-year-old for his failure.
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“We will sit down and discuss,” Demetrio said.
“It’s a level you have to reach with the best teams. As a young kid, you understand that every mistake affects the game.
“I still think we should have defended better, Liam Martin scored to win the game – that’s the solution we have to make, and we can’t do that.”