Panthers premiership-winner Mitch Kenny issued NRL breach notice after ‘Boxing Day lines’ Instagram post

  • Mitch Kenny handed infringement notice by the NRL
  • Follow bizarre social media post last December
  • Kenny, 26, said at the time that ‘trolls’ had taken his phone

Panthers star Mitch Kenny was issued an infringement notice by the NRL last year for a social media post that ‘brought the game and his club into disrepute’.

The premiership-winning hacker, 26, caused a stir on social media following an Instagram post in late December with the caption ‘A few Boxing Day lines got me in trouble’.

Kenny quickly deleted the post, oddly enough blaming it on ‘trolls’ who he said grabbed his phone.

The NRL Integrity Unit investigated the incident, with the dummy-half hit with a breach notice on Thursday to which he has five days to respond.

“The National Rugby League has today issued an infringement notice to Penrith Panthers player Mitch Kenny alleging a breach of the NRL Code of Conduct following an NRL Integrity Unit investigation into a social media post in December 2023,” an NRL statement read. .

“It is alleged that Kenny engaged in conduct that brought the game and his club into disrepute. “Kenny has five business days to respond to the infringement notice.”

Panthers star Mitch Kenny has been issued an infringement notice by the NRL after a social media post that 'brought the game and his club into disrepute'

Panthers star Mitch Kenny has been issued an infringement notice by the NRL after a social media post that ‘brought the game and his club into disrepute’

Kenny, 26, is said to have posted a story on Instagram saying some Boxing Day lines got me in trouble'

Kenny, 26, is said to have posted a story on Instagram saying some Boxing Day lines got me in trouble’

Kenny later said 'trolls grabbed my phone' and wrote the message, which refers to illegal drugs

Kenny later said ‘trolls grabbed my phone’ and wrote the message, which referred to illegal drugs

The Panthers soon confirmed no official comment would be made until the matter was settled.

“Penrith Panthers player Mitch Kenny has today been issued an infringement notice by the NRL,” the club wrote in a statement.

‘Kenny has five working days to respond to the NRL infringement notice.

“Panthers will not be commenting further 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 of white powder.

The rep star later said it was a ‘joke gone wrong’.

Kenny and the Panthers are preparing to head to the United Kingdom to face Wigan in the World Club Challenge on February 24.

The hacker started 23 games for the premiers last season, with his only three coming in the grand final against the Broncos.

He now looks unlikely to play against Wigan and could also miss Penrith’s opener against Melbourne on March 8.