Premiership-winner Mitch Kenny has been hit with a breach notice for an alleged breach of the NRL’s code of conduct for a social media post last year that “brought the game and his club into disrepute”.
The Panthers hooker caused a stir on social media for an Instagram post in late December with the caption “couple of Boxing Day lines have got me in trouble”.
Kenny quickly deleted the post and blamed it on trolls who he says grabbed his phone.
The NRL integrity unit investigate the incident, with the Panthers star hit with a breach notice which he has five days to respond to.
“The National Rugby League today issued Penrith Panthers player Mitch Kenny with a breach notice 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 Kenny engaged in conduct which has brought the game and his club into disrepute.
“Kenny has 5 business days to respond to the breach notice.”
The Panthers responded almost immediately, with the three-time premiership winners to hold off making any official comments until the matter is finalised.
“Penrith Panthers player Mitch Kenny has today been issued a breach notice by the NRL,” the club wrote in a statement.
“Kenny has five business days to respond to the NRL breach notice.
“Panthers will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.”
Cowboys star Valentine Holmes was fined and suspended for one game for a social media post last September that showed him holding a small bag containing white powder which he said was a joke gone wrong.
It’s been a fairly quiet off-season for player misbehaviour, with Kenny and the Panthers preparing to head to the UK where they’ll face Wigan in the World Club Challenge.
Kenny started 23 games for the premiers last season, with his only try coming in the grand final.