Souths winger Jackson Paulo has received death threats amid a flurry of social media attacks following his terrifying night at the office in the Rabbitohs’ defeat to the Panthers.
Paulo bombed two tries and dropped a pass from Latrell Mitchell before Cian O’Sullivan’s kick fell late on to gift the Panthers possession and Liam Martin scored the game-winning try.
Souths chief executive Blake Solly confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald that some of the abuse aimed at Paulo included death threats.
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Solly told the Herald: “It’s a shame because no player or anyone in society should have to be subjected to that.
“If Jackson wants to take further action, he has our 100 percent support. As we have done with other players in the past, we will work with Jackson, his management and the relevant authorities.”
“Every member, fan, player and staff wants to win games. I have never seen an NRL player try his best in my time.
“Therefore, such attacks and threats are unacceptable.
“JD” [Demetriou] And the veteran players have spoken to Jackson and are supporting him.
Demetri said he would sit down with Paulo after a shock night in South Sydney’s 22-26 loss to the Panthers.
The 22-year-old made five errors and bombed two tries in a night to forget.
Demetrio is bold in stating his expectations, but he goes beyond blaming Paulo for the loss.
“We’re going to sit down and talk,” Demetrio said in his post-match press conference.
“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.”
Paulo’s nightmare night began with what looked like regulation in the right corner of the Acor Stadium.
With seven minutes left in the first half, the Rabbitohs led 12-4 when center Campbell Graham hit the young gun with a short ball in space.
“Head concussion, Jackson Paulo didn’t commit enough to it,” said Andrew Voss of Fox League.
Then, with just one minute left in the second half, Paulo missed another try.
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Panthers half back Sean O’Sullivan threw a cut ball in front of the Rabbitohs defense and Paulo reached out and slotted the ball in with no one in front.
“He had the lottery, he had the winning ticket, it blew in the wind, what happened,” Voss said.
“Jackson Paulo, tonight is his second chance.
“He was bursting, he was given a chance, then he spilled the lollies,” said Fox League’s Michael Ennis.
Seconds later, Latrell Mitchell charged into an open spot in the Souths defense and picked off a loose pass.
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Three Panthers defenders overstepped the superstar fullback, who flew to the wing where he threw the ball to Paulo.
“Jackson Paulo, he couldn’t catch the flu … his hands turned into Dolphins skates, three minutes into the first half, he couldn’t believe it,” Vos said.
But Paul’s most decisive fall came with three minutes left on the clock when the score was tied at 22-all.
Paulo O’Sullivan’s bomb gave the Panthers a set on the Rabbitohs’ tryline which eventually led to a Liam Martin try.
“The Rabbitohs made a mistake with three minutes to go,” Vos said.
“Under pressure, the lad couldn’t get his footing,” Ennis said.