6 February 2023

Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell charged following alleged birthday brawl outside Canberra club

| Claire Fenwicke
Jack Wighton following the Raiders win over Melbourne in the 2022 Elimination Final team. Photo: Raiders.com.au.

Jack Wighton following the Raiders’ win over Melbourne in the 2022 Elimination Final team. Photo: Raiders.com.au.

Indigenous All-Star players Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell have been arrested following an alleged incident in Canberra.

An Instagram story from Mitchell showed the pair celebrating Wighton’s 30th birthday in the Territory.

An ACT Policing statement said officers were called to “reports of a disturbance” near a Bunda Street nightclub at about 3:45 am on Sunday (5 February).

“Two men – a 30-year-old from Bywong, NSW and a 25-year-old from Chifley, NSW – were arrested at the scene,” it said.

Wighton has been charged with fighting in a public place and failing to comply with an exclusion direction.

While Mitchell was charged with fighting in a public place, affray and resisting a territory public official.

They are scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on 22 February.

Latrell Mitchell posted about celebrating Jack Wighton’s 30th birthday in Canberra. Photo: Instagram.

The Canberra Raiders published a statement stating it was aware of an alleged incident involving its five-eighth.

“The club has informed the NRL integrity unit and is cooperating with ACT police,” it said.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs published a similar statement regarding Latrell Mitchell.

Both clubs have declined to comment further at this stage.

Both men have been preparing to play for the Indigenous All-Stars in New Zealand next weekend.

An updated teams list from Sunday still showed both players were locked in.

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