A mortified Josh Aloiai has deleted his ‘like’ of a social media comment that claimed Souths star Latrell Mitchell “always plays the racism card”, saying he had accidentally liked the offending comment.
Just weeks out from a landmark round one Manly-South Sydney clash between the famous clubs in Las Vegas, The Manly prop told this masthead he had not intended to like the comment and immediately deleted it when it was brought to his attention.
Mitchell is in camp with the Indigenous All Stars in Townsville ahead of the annual NRL fixture against the Maori All Stars on Friday night.
In an interview with Nine News on Monday night, he and brother Shaquai detailed some of the racial abuse they suffered playing junior footy in their home town of Taree.
A comment on Nine’s Instagram post read, “biggest sook an [sic] always plays the racism card”. Aloiai was among the individuals who liked the comment from his own personal account, which has been verified by Instagram.
“I was looking through Instagram as I normally do,” Aloiai said in a statement provided to the Herald.
“I saw a post from Latrell, and I was going through it when I accidentally liked a comment as I was scrolling. When I was made aware of this, I immediately deleted it. If anyone saw it, I would like to say that it was certainly not intentional at all.”
The Rabbitohs were not aware of Aloiai’s mistake when approached by this masthead, but privately expressed their disappointment.