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Wendell Sailor reveals own Latrell Mitchell run-in, Braith Anasta confrontation at Sydney restaurant, South Sydney Rabbitohs

Broncos great Wendell Sailor has revealed Latrell Mitchell has form with confronting former players-turned-commentators over perceived negative comments.

Mitchell reportedly confronted Braith Anasta at the Chin Chin restaurant on Wednesday night over criticism of the Rabbitohs on Fox Sports’ flagship NRL 360 program.

After a brief conversation inside the restaurant, Mitchell invited Anasta outside, where they continued to argue in an “animated but never physical” way.

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Speaking on Triple M’s The Rush Hour on Thursday afternoon, Sailor revealed Mitchell had also confronted him in a pub over his own criticism during the NRL pre-season.

“I understand where Latrell’s coming from, (he’s part) of a new generation of players, they see social media, they see the quotes,” he said.

“Latrell’s a person who’s not going to step back. Pre-season, he had the same sort of thing with me – just sort of said to me ‘mate … (can you) be a bit more positive please in and around the game’.

“He wasn’t being aggressive with me, but asked me to be a bit more positive.”

Sailor said such confrontations are part and parcel of being a commentator, while also maintaining friendships with still-active players.

“I just said I had a job to do – it’s nothing personal, it was just my opinion,” Sailor explained.

“I said ‘I’m a fan of you Latrell, but when some things happen and I get asked for an opinion’ … I don’t think it’s personal with Braith. He’s been asked a question and he’s got a job to do.

“That’s the way that I see it with the players these days – we don’t tell them what to do.”

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Sailor said he respected Mitchell was able to broach the subject with both he and Anasta, but said he could’ve gone about it in a different way.

“I respect the fact Latrell feels he can actually come and talk to us, or have that say to us personally,” Sailor said.

“(But) I understand both their families (were there) too. It wouldn’t have been the place that I would have said anything to Braith.

“I would have just said ‘mate, can I have a chat to you at some stage’.”

Mitchell’s Rabbitohs will take on the Cowboys in the Saturday late game at Magic Round.

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