Penrith is reportedly exploring legal options on behalf of young playmaker Jaeman Salmon against Canberra coach Ricky Stuart.
Stuart was reacting to an incident during the contest where Salmon’s foot made contact with Canberra hooker Tom Starling’s private parts during a tackle. The contact did not look intentional to the average viewer, but Stuart clearly held a different view.
Stuart told Nine’s Danny Weidler afterwards that he would not retract his explosive comments about the 23-year-old utility.
While the exact incident is not specified, the report claims Stuart – then Cronulla’s NRL coach – was so incensed that he approached a young Salmon, whose father stood up for his son and almost got in a physical altercation with the rugby league legend.
The NRL’s match review committee will reveal this morning whether Salmon is charged for the kick or not.
NRL chief Andrew Abdo also confirmed the integrity unit is investigating the comments from Saturday.
“It’s a disappointing situation,” Abdo told the Herald.
“This happened last night and everyone deserves due process. We will get all the facts before making a decision.”