Ricky Stuart has reportedly turned down the Raiders’ supply of a while off following his “weak-gutted canine” spray directed at Penrith’s Jaeman Salmon.
Stuart is about to cop a one to two-game ban and a $20,000 superb from the NRL for his feedback within the press convention following the Raiders’ loss to the Panthers.
Raiders CEO Don Furner conceded to Channel 9 on Monday that it’s a “tough” state of affairs and the membership had provided Stuart a while away no matter what punishment the governing physique fingers down.
“In all workplaces like ours, individuals come beneath stress and no another so than the top coach,” Furner stated.
“We had that dialogue final night time. Our assist might be there for him and if he wants time away we’ll definitely permit him to take that point.”
Nonetheless, Information Corp journalist Dean Ritchie informedSky Sports activities Radio’s Large Sports activities Breakfaston Tuesday that he believes Stuart “stated no to that (supply) first-up.”
Stuart’s feedback got here after a journalist requested him about Salmon kicking Tom Starling through the sport.
“I’ve had historical past with that child (Salmon). I do know that child very nicely,” he stated.
“He was a weak gutted canine as a child and he hasn’t modified now. He’s a weak gutted canine individual now.”
NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent stated on Monday stated there’s a “private” motive behind Stuart’s outburst, whereas Phil Rothfield stated it’s “one thing that’s been boiling away at him for over a decade.”
Whereas there’s lots of curiosity round what occurred to spark such a vicious spray, Channel 9’s Phil Gould informed 100% Footy on Monday that it’s finest the historical past is saved non-public as a result of “it’s not going to be wholesome” for anybody.
“Naturally, individuals might be curious now as to what motivated it and why Ricky snapped the way in which he did — and he did snap,” Gould stated.
“He stated (to me), ‘I didn’t know that was going to return out in any respect’.
“It wasn’t premeditated, however the sheer point out of his identify introduced again unhealthy recollections and rapidly the phrases have been out earlier than he may take them again.
“I’m approach too near this example to be making remark publicly about it.
“Regardless of the choice of the NRL, naturally individuals and the media are going to be very curious as to what motivated it, what was the historical past. Everybody’s going to attempt to delve for that story.
“And let me inform you — that’s not going to do anybody any good by any means.
“So, I’d hope that with the NRL choice … for which Ricky is kind of prepared and ready for no matter choice comes — I wish to assume that’s the finish of it and nobody else opens their mouth.”