South Sydney captain Adam Reynolds has launched an impassioned defence of NRL star Latrell Mitchell, likening media scrutiny surrounding him to that endured by Michael Jordan.
The ESPN documentary ‘The Final Dance’ exhibits Chicago Bulls legend Jordan grappling with overwhelming media consideration in his ultimate years within the NBA, and Reynolds is anxious one thing related may occur with Mitchell.
It comes after day one of many resumption of NRL coaching through which Mitchell’s bodily conditioning was questioned.
Coach Wayne Bennett was on Wednesday pressured to defend the health of his star signing, saying he would stick with Mitchell’s shift from the centres to fullback.
“It took Darren Lockyer and myself 12 months to get his transition from fullback to five-eighth proper and now there is a freeway named after him,” Bennett instructed Fox Sports activities.
Mitchell was the centre of a media storm late final month after he was discovered to have breached social distancing legal guidelines.
It was the most recent in a string of controversies surrounding 22-year-old after his high-profile contract negotiations, the NRL commercial and his positional transfer.
Reynolds stated Mitchell, who has a new child child at residence, has been “harassed” by journalists at his home and warns it may take its toll on one of many NRL’s brightest stars.
“I am not anxious about him leaving the sport, he is obtained an amazing household and nice help round him, however on the finish of the day he is a human being and in the event you preserve knocking him, and preserve chasing him all over the place he goes, it may possibly affect anybody,” Reynolds stated.
“It occurred to Michael Jordan and he is on the high of the head of all sports activities.
“Latrell is a younger child, yeah he is made some errors however he is coming in right here all bubbly and he is continually scrutinised by the media, which I believe is unfair.”
Reynolds stated whereas he understands the younger Take a look at and Origin consultant is a high-profile participant, he believes Mitchell deserves house and privateness in his own residence.
“If it was one other participant in his state of affairs they would not be on the entrance web page of the paper, it is simply because his title is Latrell Mitchell,” Reynolds stated.
“I do not suppose it is honest that journos or whatnot flip as much as his door and harass him at his household residence.”
— to au.sports.yahoo.com