‘Absolutely disgraceful’: Stuart cops heavy criticism for ‘very personal’ outburst at Panthers playmaker

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Corey Parker has never seen an incident like Raiders coach Ricky Stuart’s stunning spray at Panthers five-eighth Jaeman Salmon and believes it is not a good look for the game.

Stuart called Salmon a “weak gutted dog” after he was placed on report for a kick to Raiders hooker Tom Starling’s groin.

“Very strong language being used by Ricky Stuart calling Jaeman Salmon a weak gutted dog as a kid and now a weak gutted dog as a person,” Yvonne Sampson said on Fox League.

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“It is a low blow. It was a penalty and he was put on report. But was Ricky Stuart out of line here?”

Parker admitted the public outburst was a poor look for Stuart and the NRL, given he is a coach and said it would be different if it was two players in the heat of battle on the field.

“The optics don’t look great from Ricky Stuart,” Parker said.

“He is in a position of power and being a coach. He is clearly frustrated. His team is on life support at the moment in regards to their season.

“Is he bringing the game into disrepute by saying what he did? I’m not sure.

“If a player said that to another player is it OK? It would then strike up a feud between two players and we would really enjoy that.


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“The fact that Ricky Stuart is the head coach of the Raiders and saying it about a player I don’t think it looks great.

“However, I am not 100 per cent sure if he is bringing the game into disrepute. I’m sure it will be a talking point for a week the comments coming from Ricky Stuart.”

Cooper Cronk believes Stuart should have left the judiciary to punish Salmon for the tackle and not resorted to a public attack on Salmon’s character.

“Jaeman Salmon was placed on report for an act that will be looked at by the judiciary and the game will look after that,” Cronk said.

“In my opinion in terms of Ricky Stuart I don’t think a coach should publicly call out someone and personally suggest a few things about an opposition player. That’s not for the opposition coach.

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“The Salmon thing will be dealt with at the judiciary and in terms of the Ricky thing I just don’t think it is a good look.”

Sampson questioned whether Stuart would be reprimanded by the NRL for his actions.

“It feels very personal,” Sampson said.

“I’m sure if Ricky has his time over again hopefully he probably wouldn’t go that far.

“What does the game do with it from here?”

Parker believes Stuart could face a sanction from the NRL over the public outburst.

“I can’t think in my time of an incident that has happened like that where a coach has gone after a player or said some things about a player,” Parker said.

“It will be really interesting to see what comes of it over the next couple of days.

“But the optics aren’t great, particularly being in the position that Ricky is being a head coach.”

Later when they had more time to digest what had happened Cronk and Parker were far more scathing of Stuart’s actions.

“Yep, Salmon did something wrong on the field and that will be looked at and that’s done with let the judiciary deal with it,” Cronk said when asked if Ricky went too far.

“But I just don’t like that an opposition coach has publicly and personally had a crack at an opposition player. I just don’t like the look of that.

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“The other part of this too is that Ricky is one of the greatest players of our game and I’m not sure what the history is. I have got no idea. But Salmon has played 40-odd games of first grade.

“The balance of power is a bit out of whack there. I think he could have kept his emotions in check and played it another way.

“But I just don’t like the fact an opposition coach publicly and personally has a crack at another player.”

“Ricky Stuart has been coaching in the game for 20 years and absolutely disgraceful comments from Ricky Stuart,” Parker said.

“To publicly humiliate a player regardless of the situation on the field. That will be dealt with.

“He has got a position of power Ricky in the head coaching role. He has got a position of leading these men that look up to him to mentor in the right way and he has completely got that wrong.

“The words that he has used in regards to Salmon are completely out of line.”