David Clemmer is reportedly set to return to training today as Newcastle United seek to quell rumors of a fight following the player’s rant at the manager.
Klemmer was given a show-cause notice and held out of practice after refusing to leave the field under coach Hayden Knowles in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Bulldogs.
Clemmer reportedly called Knowles a “c***” and told him to “shut the f*** up.”
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Knowles subsequently lodged an official complaint with HR, with the Knights standing the player in line with owners West Group’s official policy.
The Herald claims Clemmer will face the Newcastle board next week but talks are ongoing with the players’ union and Clemmer’s management which could see him back on the pitch on Friday.
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The incident prompted club legend Matty Jones to label Newcastle’s public treatment of the show “a thousand times” in his successful career as ‘excessive outrage’.
“It led to a big situation,” Jones told Fox League on Thursday. The situation itself (not a big deal) – I am very surprised. Coach splashed, he didn’t want to get off. His Knights career hangs in the balance as he stands, refuses to quit and is given a coaching spree.
“I’ve seen this a thousand times. I think it’s an overreaction. If not, and if you want to talk about it, I don’t know why or how it was released in the public domain… I can’t wrap my head around it.
“You see it a million times, a bloke going to the coach – there’s always an argy-bargy,” he added.
It was widely rumored this week that the Cavaliers were considering terminating Clemmer’s contract following the incident, which former Rooster and Southern star Brian Fletcher called a ‘disgrace’.
“Are you trying to keep him? We know he has big money. If they are and that’s the reason, I think it’s a shame.
O’Brien ‘at a loss’
Jones has dubbed it “a perfect week for the Newcastle Knights”, from the announcement that superstar Kalin Ponga will take no further classes this season due to repeated concussions, to Sunday’s home loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs, and even O’Brien’s controversial comments in the post-match press conference. .
Jones said: “In the press conference after the game, (then) Adam O’Brien was criticized for many comments, he talked about the four premiership awards.
“I can’t fault Adam too much for that – he’s a coach who doesn’t have answers for a fan base that asks a lot of questions. At the moment, he is really bankrupt.
O’Brien reportedly had ‘no problem’ with Clemmer, who sent a message to the coach apologizing for his behavior on the field on Sunday night.
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