The family of Penrith player Jaeman Salmon have called on the NRL to “take action” against Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.
Stuart is being investigated by the NRL and faces potential legal action for labelling Salmon a “weak gutted dog person” following Saturday’s game at GIO Stadium.
It’s since been revealed Stuart allegedly had a run-in with a 12-year-old Salmon and his father in 2010 at a junior rugby league game in the Shire.
Stuart apologised for his outburst on Sunday, but the Salmon family want the governing body to come down hard on the experienced coach.
“We were disappointed by the comments of Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart after what was a fantastic game of football for the Panthers and our son, Jaeman,” a family statement to 9News said.
“We were surprised by Ricky’s claim that he knows Jaeman personally as they have had no contact since Jae was 12 years old.
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“We are calling on the NRL to take action as we believe Jaeman has been wronged in this situation.
“We will follow the correct procedures and let the NRL complete a thorough investigation.”
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo already confirmed the integrity unit is investigating the explosive press conference.
It’s been suggested Stuart – who has been fined many times by the NRL in the past, generally for comments about referees – could be banned from attending a game as punishment.
“I’m very disappointed by those comments, it’s really inappropriate for anyone to talk like that about someone else in the game,” Abdo told Triple M.
“It’s a serious matter.”
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