Abuse of NRL players on social media reaches tipping point | Matt Cleary

14 August 2019 03:00
The recent stances taken by Josh McGuire and Latrell Mitchell offer some encouragement amid vile online pile-onsJosh McGuire is not everyone’s cup of tea. He comes with spikes, like the grinning hound Muttley from Wacky Races. He’s chunky, ornery, a throwback to the olden days of the hard man when a “facial massage” was just a normal part of playing footy.Today, though, McGuire is sidelined, suspended for three weeks after his third facial massage (or eye gouge, depending on your sensibilities) was picked up by cameras and forced the NRL’s match review panel to dish out more than a fine. McGuire has since known the modern, electronic equivalent of a village mob; the online pile on by legions of “supporters”, united in vociferous condemnation. Related: NRL players urged to follow Latrell Mitchell's lead on racism Related: AFL takes lead on mental health issues in positive if long overdue move | Kirby Fenwick Crisis support services can be reached 24 hours a day: Lifeline 13 11 14;Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467; Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800;MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78; Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or emailjo@samaritans.orgorjo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found atbefrienders.org Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian