Fittler filthy over Origin racism claims
Brad Fittler has hit back at claims of racism from Latrell Mitchell after the disgruntled star accused NSW of going "real funny" on a trio of indigenous players over their Origin anthem stance.
On Saturday NRL.com published a wide-ranging interview with Mitchell in which he made the explosive allegations against Blues officials only for the comments to be taken out following the threat of legal action from the NSWRL.
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"NSW went real funny on us because we don't sing the anthem," Mitchell said referring to himself, Cody Walker and Josh Addo-Carr.
What remained in the article, however, was criticism from Mitchell of Fittler's handling of his axing following a disappointing performance in Game One.
"I didn't get told what I needed to work on. I know I played a bad game but it's like I can't play good every game," Mitchell told NRL.com.
"I haven't had a yarn with him (Fittler), he said he was going to ring me and he still hasn't rang me … it's like well, I haven't got nothing off him.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Fittler brushed off the selection criticism but drew the line at claims of mistreatment of the indigenous players.
"I'm cool," Fittler told the Herald.
"There were some things in the interview that appeared and were then taken out. I can handle the other stuff, but the claims about the anthem are completely false. I wasn't going to cop that.
"I hope Latrell has a good break."
Mitchell also addressed his future in the interview, describing the Roosters decision to pull their contract offer as a "kick in the teeth".
The centre's playing future remains one of the hottest rugby league topics of the summer after informing the Roosters of his intention to explore the open market. But the Roosters' centre revealed being surprised when he went home to Taree on the NSW mid-north coast to learn the club had withdrawn from negotiations on an extension.
Mitchell plans on confronting coach Trent Robinson and chairman Nick Politis about the developments once he returns from his off-season break. "I said to Trent, 'Look, I want to go and explore my options, is that alright?' and he's like 'Mate, you're entitled to it'," Mitchell told NRL.com
"That's where it ended, pretty much, and that's all I took out of it. "I said, 'Righto, well, then I'm going to go see. Then I went to pub that day, having a beer here and there, and then see the Roosters pull out of Latrell Mitchell's deal.
"And I was like, 'That's a kick in the teeth'." As it stands, Mitchell has one year left on his deal at the Bondi-based club, but is widely tipped to be with a new team by the start of next season.