Stuart suspended by NRL for attack on Panthers’ Salmon

Ricky Stuart is set to be suspended for one game and hit with a 25,000 fine by the NRL. He won’t be able to return to training until Wednesday.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.Credit:Getty

The Herald on Sunday reported that the bad blood dates back to a junior match involving Salmon and Stuart’s son in 2010.

Sources said Stuart’s son was in tears after an incident with Salmon, who was his teammate in the under 12s at the time more than a decade ago.

Stuart then approached Salmon, whose father took exception to the comments and actions from the then-Cronulla coach. The pair had to be separated as things became heated.

He had apologised on Sunday for his post-match blow-up the previous night, revealing he and Salmon had history from a decade ago involving his own children. Stuart relayed all the information to NRL integrity chief Jason King early on Monday.

Ricky Stuart is prepared to cop whatever punishment the NRL hands down for his weekend outburst.Credit:Getty Images

Canberra chief executive Don Furner told the Herald he spoke with Stuart several times over the weekend and suggested he take some time off.

“I’ve been in constant contact with Ricky and it’s fair to say he would like to have that press conference back again,” Furner said.

“He deeply regrets what he said. We were actually mindful about his own wellbeing and gave him the option to take a few days off from training, but he was in here today and wanted to keep working.

“I know Ricky spoke with Jason King earlier today, and we also spoke with him. We’ll accept whatever penalty the NRL hands down. But there won’t be any further punishment from us.”

Jaeman Salmon scored the final try in Penrith’s win over Canberra.Credit:Getty

Salmon was keen to talk to the media when he learnt about the comments after the game, but the club advised him it was best if he kept quiet.

The 23-year-old grew up in Cronulla and made his debut for Parramatta before shifting to Penrith. He has never been coached by Stuart. The family released a statement in the aftermath of Saturday’s fiery press conference.

“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,” the Salmon family said in a statement.

“We were surprised by Ricky’s claim that he knows Jaeman personally as they have had no contact since Jae was 12 years old.

“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.”

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