Jaeman Salmon posts cryptic Instagram comment after being branded a ‘weak dog’ by Ricky Stuart during an outrageous press conference
- Salmon has broken his silence for the first time since the now infamous spray
- He took to Instagram to show that he was supported by Panthers teammates
- Stuart called the Penrith half a dog with a weak gut during a press conference
Penrith star Jaeman Salmon has posted a cryptic story to his Instagram in the wake of the storm of controversy that engulfed the NRL when Raiders coach Ricky Stuart called the Panthers half a dog with a weak gut.
After Canberra’s 26-6 loss at home to the Panthers, an excited Stuart unleashed the excessive spray on Salmon during the post-game press conference after the five-eighth came down to Raiders hooker Tom Starling in the groin.
Salmon has since been fined $1,000 by the NRL judiciary for a major charge of contrarian conduct after filing an early guilty plea.
For the first time since the infamous press conference, he broke his silence on social media and Salmon shared teammate Sean O’Sullivan’s post on his stories.
Jaemon Salmon (center) shared this photo on his Instagram of teammates Liam Martin (left) and Sean O’Sullivan (right) literally standing behind him during the game against Canberra
Sean O’Sullivan is the only Penrith player to come out publicly in support of Jaeman Salmon
Salmon, who also responded with a love heart to the original post, chose a shot where O’Sullivan and Liam Martin literally have their backs during the squad’s impressive win over Canberra.
Perhaps a cryptic reference to the fact that, despite Stuart clearly not being a fan of his, Salmon has the support of his teammates.
Coincidentally, O’Sullivan, who played in half with Salmon in Saturday night’s game, is the only teammate to have publicly expressed his support.
“We spoke to Jaeman after the game and I think he was a bit shocked. But we all know what kind of person Jaeman is and we love him both on and off the pitch. Everyone in the organization supports him,” O’Sullivan told Channel 9.
Jaemon Salmon (unseen, on the ground) pleaded guilty to a first-class violation of conduct for the alleged kick on Tom Starling (number 14)
The kick in question came in the 60th minute of the game, with Salmon’s foot making contact with Starling’s groin as the former tried to stand up after being tackled – although it’s certainly not clear if it was intentional, despite the early Salmon’s admission of guilt.
Stuart didn’t seem to care.
“Where Salmon kicked Tommy (Starling), it’s not on. I had a past with that child (Salmon). I know that boy very well,” he said at the explosive press conference after the game.
“As a child he was a dog with a weak gut and he hasn’t changed now. He’s a weakly stripped dog person now.’
The wilting and unprecedented spray was reportedly prompted by an incident that occurred 12 years ago between Salmon and Stuart’s son Jackson during a junior league game.
Jaeman Salmon (left) enjoys a day at the races with former Eels teammate Clint Gutherson
Salmon’s family defended him in a statement, condemning Stuart’s comments.
“We were surprised by Ricky’s claim that he knows Jaeman personally as they haven’t been in touch since Jae was 12 years old,” the statement read.
‘We call on the NRL to take action, because we believe that Jaeman has been wronged in this situation.
“We will follow the proper procedures and have the NRL conduct a thorough investigation,” the statement said.
Jaeman Salmon scored a try in Penrith’s 20 point win over the Raiders for Stuart’s infamous spray
The NRL will reportedly suspend Stuart for one game and fine him $25,000, with a decision to be handed out over the next 24 hours.
That would mean Stuart would have earned more than $150,000 in fines during his coaching career.
Salmon is expected to once again be in fifth-eighth position alongside O’Sullivan for Penrith’s pivotal clash against the Storm on Thursday night.