Following an 18-10 loss to the Newcastle Knights, Manly Sea Eagles forward Sean Keppie was targeted by online trolls.
The Instagram messages not only berated Keppie, but also his wife and mother which persuaded the forward to report them to both the NRL and police.
The latter then launched a full investigation into the messages.
“On 30 May, a 23-year-old man made a report to police after allegedly receiving threats via social media,” a spokeswoman said, via The Daily Telegraph.
“An investigation into the threats are continuing.”
Manly CEO Stephen Humphreys had powerful words of support for Keppie.
“The comments were disgraceful and Sean was keen to make a stand,” Humphreys said.
“We totally support him in doing so. The police have been great and are investigating. Hopefully those responsible will be held to account for their actions.”
The Manly forward was sin-binned for a high tackle against the Knights in a foolish rush of blood and, despite admitting his mistake, he did not deserve such a barrage of abuse.
“I’m the first to admit if I make a mistake on the field,” Keppie wrote.
“I’ll take responsibility but I won’t stand for this. For me and the whole playing group, nothing we do warrants this or makes it acceptable.”