Latrell's abuser 'exceptionally sorry'

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A NSW man charged over online abuse sent to NRL superstar Latrell Mitchell is "exceptionally sorry", his lawyer says.

Daniel Robert Hudson, 25, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence over two comments directed to the South Sydney fullback in April.

"He is extremely apologetic for what he has done. He has apologised to police and asked that be passed on to Mr Mitchell and South Sydney," lawyer Ryan Finch told AAP on Wednesday.

"He accepted it's absolutely appropriate that Mr Mitchell and South Sydney would call this behaviour out

"He's exceptionally sorry."

Hudson, from Lake Munmorah on the Central Coast, may apply to have the charge dismissed on mental health grounds.

The matter will return to Wyong Local Court on July 30.

Patrick James Hawkes was also charged over online abuse directed at Mitchell and pleaded guilty in his first court appearance on May 18.

The 22-year-old from Taree was fined $750.

The charges were laid after Mitchell took a stand against abuse he said he'd received from various people since the age of eight.

Speaking after Hudson and Hawkes were arrested in April, the Taree-born star said he hoped criminal action would stop the abuse flowing and make people think twice.

"It's not even just the rugby league community we need to worry about, it's about the general public, it's about our wellbeing," Mitchell said.

"It only takes that one message for someone not as strong as me ... for them to go and do some self-harm."

The NSW and Australian representative player said he'd been racially abused since age eight and admitted he'd been left exhausted by constant taunts online.

"I've always aired them out on social media as everyone has seen and I think that's what they wanted to get a kick out of," Mitchell said.

"(The arrests) is an outcome that I've wanted for a very long time for people to be accountable for their actions and their words."

Police became involved after the posts received by Mitchell were passed onto his manager, the Rabbitohs and then the NRL Integrity Unit.

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