- Mitch Kenny received a breach notice from the NRL
- Follows a strange social media post last December
- Kenny, 26, said at the time that ‘trolls’ took his phone
Panthers star Mitch Kenny was handed a default notice by the NRL for a social media post last year that “brought the game and his club into disrepute”.
The premiership-winning hooker, 26, caused a stir on social media after an Instagram post in late December with the caption “a couple of Boxing Day lines have gotten me in trouble”.
Kenny quickly deleted the post and, bizarrely, blamed it on the ‘trolls’ who he claims grabbed his phone.
The NRL Integrity Unit investigated the incident and on Thursday the half dummy received a non-compliance notice to which he has five days to respond.
“The National Rugby League today issued Penrith Panthers player Mitch Kenny a non-compliance notice alleging a breach of the NRL code of conduct following an investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit into a social media post. in December 2023,” reads a statement from the NRL.
‘Kenny is alleged to have engaged in conduct which has brought the game and his club into disrepute. “Kenny has five business days to respond to the notice of default.”
Panthers star Mitch Kenny has been handed a breach notice by the NRL following a social media post that “brought the game and his club into disrepute”.
Kenny, 26, allegedly posted a story on Instagram saying that “a couple of lines on Boxing Day have gotten me in trouble.”
Kenny then said that “trolls grabbed my phone” and wrote the message, which referenced illegal drugs.
The Panthers soon confirmed there will be no official comment until the matter is resolved.
“Penrith Panthers player Mitch Kenny has today received a breach notice from the NRL,” the club wrote in a statement.
‘Kenny has five working days to respond to the NRL’s breach notice.
“The Panthers will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
Cowboys star Valentine Holmes was fined $25,000 and suspended for one game after a social media post last September that showed him holding a small bag containing white powder.
The representative star later said that it was a “prank gone wrong.”
Kenny and the Panthers are preparing to travel to the United Kingdom, where they will face Wigan in the World Club Challenge on February 24.
The hooker started 23 Premier League games last season, with his only try coming in the grand final against the Broncos.
He now looks unlikely to play against Wigan and could also miss Penrith’s season opener against Melbourne on March 8.