NRL360 co-host Paul Kent has slammed Kevin Proctor’s “stupid mistake”, but insists his sacking represents a change in attitude to stem the club’s “free fall”.
Last season, the Gold Coast Titans came very close to making it to the second week of finals football – now sitting level with the Tigers.
Yesterday, veteran tight end Kevin Proctor was sacked after footage emerged of him smoking an e-cigarette during half-time of the club’s loss to the Bulldogs.
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With the 33-year-old out of contract at the end of the season, Kent said Proctor’s sacking could spark a much-needed “culture change” on the Gold Coast.
“If there’s any question about what happened on the Gold Coast, it’s the fact that one of the players… was leaking at half-time and putting it on social media,” Kent said.
“I have no idea where their heads are, but that club needs a lot of soul searching.
“After that he was fired today so at least they started some kind of change.
“They’ve been in free fall for the most part this year, there’s got to be a big culture change down the line, and it starts today.”
“You know mate where mortality begins, we don’t want you here anymore.
“To Proctor, stupid mistake but come on my friend, what’s in a guy’s head thinking it’s a good idea to vape himself while his team is being beaten on the field by Canterbury.”
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Meanwhile, Proctor said after the release, he exposed his “shame” in his actions.
After impromptu meetings on Monday, it was confirmed that Proctor will leave the Titans to pursue opportunities overseas in the Super League.
“I am ashamed of my actions,” Proctor told the Courier-Mail.
“I would like to thank the Titans for understanding me and knowing my personal situation.
“I wish Justin (Holbrook) and my teammates all the best for the rest of the year.
“I want to thank owners Daryl Kelly and Rebecca Frizzell for their support over the years and all Titans fans.”
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Proctor’s manager Chris Orr has also struggled with the 33-year-old’s off-field issues.
“Kevin is dealing with some difficult issues surrounding the breakup of his marriage and the ongoing trauma,” Orr said.
“It will focus this time on recovery and opportunities overseas.”