Raiders coach Ricky Stewart has said he will “not back down” from controversial comments he made about Panthers player Jayman Salmon and labeling him a “weak-bellied dog”.
Stewart’s spectacular splash came when Salmon fired a shot past Tom Starling in the 60th minute.
“I had history with that boy (Salmon). I know that kid well,” Stewart said in his postgame press conference.
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“He was a dog with a weak gut when he was a kid and he hasn’t changed now. He’s a weak dog person now.
According to Channel 9’s Danny Wedler, Stewart “will not back down from his comments”.
While the NRL’s move is unclear at the moment, the competition could fully explore the sensational post-match interview comments.
Meanwhile, according to SMH, Salmon is seeking legal advice considering the defamation charges.
Salmon reportedly wanted to speak to the media after learning of the comments, but the Panthers advised the 23-year-old to remain silent.
NRL supremo Phil Gould revealed there was a history between the pair, adding Stewart “must have a very good reason”.
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“Ricky has him saying he’s known this kid for a while,” Gold said on Nine’s NRL coverage.
“It’s really unusual for Ricky to say he’s not apologizing and to stand by what he said because I’ve never heard a coach say anything like that in a press conference.
“Ricky must have a very good reason and I don’t know how to prove it … I think Jaman Salmon will take action against him for such statements.”
Gould also explained that Salmon’s hit to Starling could have happened to any player.
“This can happen to anyone at any time,” Gould said.
“This is not a common occurrence. When they got up, his leg was caught between his legs and he was trying to get his leg out of there.”
Stewart has a history of handling fines for post-game interview comments and has collected more than $120,000 in fines during his 21-year coaching career.
The 55-year-old In 2015, they were fined $20,000 for appearing at a press conference and refusing to speak to the media.
A year earlier in 2014, he was fined $10,000 in a loss to the Panthers for calling the referees “s***t” and “laughing.”
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