Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has launched a withering spray at Panthers five-eighth Jaeman Salmon after he was seen kicking Tom Starling within the groin throughout Canberra’s 26-6 defeat on Saturday evening.
In one of the extraordinary press conferences in latest reminiscence, Stuart labelled the Panther a ‘weak gutted canine’, which drew damning condemnation from NRL legends-turned-commentators Phil Gould, Brad Fittler, Cooper Cronk and Corey Parker.
The kick in query occurred within the sixtieth minute of the sport, with Salmon’s foot seen making contact with Starling’s groin as the previous tried to stand up after being tackled.
A fuming Stuart, who was additionally little doubt emotional on the aspect’s disappointing loss that may knock them out of finals rivalry, couldn’t include his anger after the spiteful contest.
Jaeman Salmon’s (unseen, mendacity on floor) boot makes contact with Raiders hooker Tom Startling’s (quantity 14) groin as Salmon is attempting to stand up from a deal with
‘The place Salmon kicked Tommy (Starling), it ain’t on. I’ve had historical past with that child (Salmon). I do know that child very nicely,’ Stuart mentioned on the post-match press convention.
‘He was a weak gutted canine as a child and he hasn’t modified now. He’s a weak gutted canine particular person now.’
The astonishing spray shocked Gould, who admitted he ‘cannot think about something that might make me say one thing like that’.
‘Definitely Ricky on reflection saying he isn’t apologising and he is standing by what he mentioned is slightly extraordinary as a result of I’ve by no means heard a coach say something like that at a press convention,’ he mentioned.
Ricky Stuart shocked the media when he known as Jaeman Salmon a ‘weak gutted canine’ within the post-match press convention
Setting apart the explosive feedback, Gould did not consider Salmon’s kick was an intentional act, and one thing that may occur when a participant is attempting to stand up after being tackled.
‘That is not an unusual incidence. His foot was caught between his legs as they’re getting up and he was attempting to get his foot out of there,’ mentioned Gould.
‘Once I noticed the incident I used to be shocked that they stopped the sport and Jaeman Salmon was penalised. I simply noticed somebody kicking out,’ fellow commentator Fittler added.
Jaeman Salmon (with ball in hand) stretches out to attain a attempt in Penrith’s win over Canberra on Saturday evening
Gould additionally confirmed that Stuart did certainly have a protracted historical past with Salmon.
Salmon performed on the identical junior crew as Stuart’s son when he was teaching on the Sharks.
No matter whether or not the kick was intentional or not – although all 4 commentators believed it wasn’t – Stuart’s remarks have been extensively condemned.
On Fox League’s post-match protection, Parker was scathing of Stuart’s spray.
‘I can not assume in my time of an incident that has occurred like that the place a coach has gone after a participant or mentioned some issues a couple of participant,’ Parker mentioned.
‘Ricky Stuart has been teaching within the recreation for 20 years … completely disgraceful feedback.’
Ricky Stuart seems to be on throughout Canberra’s disappointing 20-point loss to Penrith
Cronk weas somewhat extra circumspect, however he agreed with the emotions that Stuart mustn’t have known as Salmon out.
‘The opposite a part of this too is that Ricky is among the best gamers of our recreation and I am undecided what the historical past is. I’ve received no concept. However Salmon has performed 40-odd video games of first grade,’ he mentioned throughout the Fox League protection.
‘The stability of energy is a bit out of whack there. I feel he may have saved his feelings in verify and performed it one other method.
‘However I simply do not like the very fact an opposition coach publicly and personally has a crack at one other participant,’ mentioned Cronk.
Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jaeman Salmon, who has additionally performed for the Eels and junior footy for the Sharks, has discovered himself within the highlight once more.
Although he initially refused to again down from the ‘weak gutted canine’ touch upon Saturday evening, the chance to sleep on it had modified Stuart’s thoughts.
‘I remorse saying what I did on that platform after the sport. I used to be talking as a father and never as a soccer coach,’ Stuart mentioned in an announcement to Channel 9.
‘I allowed my feelings to get the higher of me and for that I’m very sorry.
‘There’s a historical past between Jaeman Salmon and my household that I can’t go into. I mustn’t have introduced it up after the sport … I am really sorry that I’ve triggered my household and the sport unwarranted consideration,’ mentioned Stuart.
Ricky Stuart (proper) sits alongside Raider Elliott Whitehead throughout the explosive press convention
Reviews have additionally since emerged within the Sydney Morning Herald that Salmon could be searching for authorized recommendation over the broadside, and needed to talk out – however was warned in opposition to it by the Panthers.
The incident is simply one other chapter within the heated rivalry that has been simmering between the 2 golf equipment since Penrith star Jarome Luai hit Raiders ahead John Bateman excessive throughout a melee in 2019.