Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stewart has been fined $25,000 and suspended for a week.
The NRL made the decision Tuesday after Stuart took down Panthers star Jayman Salmon in a post-game press conference.
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Stuart branded Salmon “a dog with weak guts” in an outburst that sent the entire NRL community into a state of shock.
The NRL threw a book at Stuart, issued him a violation notice, and suspended him from all club activities with the Raiders for a full week beginning today at 4pm AEST. He will be the first of his NRL coaches to be suspended from the league.
This means Stuart won’t be able to contact the Raiders’ coaching staff or players until next Tuesday.
“Leaders must set the standard in the game. Comments from individuals, let alone officials with such experience and status, are completely unacceptable,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said in a statement. He said:
“This is a highly unusual case and we have taken the important step of proposing a one-week suspension, which will prevent Ricky from engaging in club activities, either in person or remotely. The fine must be paid by Ricky himself, not the club.”
The Raiders and Stuart accepted the sanctions imposed by the league.
Stuart kicked off the tirade with Panthers Five Eight Salmon After he received reports of a kick aimed at Raiders prostitute Tom Sterling.
On Saturday night, in the 60th minute of a game that the Panthers won 26-6, Salmon hit hard with his boot after being tackled by Sterling.
“James Fisher-Harris and Joe Tappin’s tackle was a coincidence, and we understand that in this clash game,” Stuart said.
“But when Salmon kicked Tommy[Sterling]it wasn’t on.
“I have history with her (Salmon). I know her very well.
“He was a gut dog when he was a kid and still is. He’s a gut dog person now.”
Stuart initially refused to back down on his fierce remarks before reassessing and apologizing on Sunday.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Salmon sought legal advice and was said to be considering defamation charges.
The 23-year-old was reportedly keen to speak to the media after learning of Stuart’s comments.
The Raiders will face the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium on Sunday.
first published as NRL fines Ricky Stewart one game, $25,000 for Jayman Salmon’s outburst
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