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Paul Kent says Panthers ‘lack class’ after Ivan Cleary’s ‘good karma’ quip

Paul Kent says Panthers ‘lack class’ after Ivan Cleary’s ‘good karma’ quip


Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has opened a contemporary can of worms over the “weak-gutted canine” drama with NRL 360 hosts going head-to-head over the Panthers’ conduct.

In August final yr, Canberra coach Ricky Stuart labelled Panthers utility Jaeman Salmon a “weak-gutted canine” after he was positioned on report for lashing out along with his boot at Raiders hooker Tom Starling.

Stuart referenced a historical past with the 24-year-old however hasn’t gone into the problem he was referring to, finally copping a $25,000 effective and a one-week suspension from teaching.

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The drama was all the time sure to dominate the lead as much as the subsequent conflict between the perimeters and got here to a head when Salmon scored the ultimate strive within the Panthers’ 53-12 thrashing of the Raiders.

Salmon leapt to his ft and yelled “weak-gutted canine” in direction of the group.

Put up match, Panthers coach Cleary was requested in regards to the drama, quipping: “Good karma, that’s how I describe that”.

However whereas Stuart didn’t desire a bar of the drama having already paid the value in 2022, NRL 360 host Paul Kent has unleash, slamming the Panthers’ tradition.

“It was a mug’s remark to be trustworthy,” Kent stated of Cleary’s remark.

“I don’t thoughts Jaeman Salmon saying what he stated. If you wish to return serve when somebody has a shot at you, go on your life. Don’t stroll round kicking stones and giving the unhappy face and telling me how upset and damage you might be and have everybody round you providing you with a hug and telling you ways unfair it’s and stay on the sympathy of that for 3 months, and then you definately’re again on the town up 53-12 and also you fireplace again at it. It’s one or the opposite. That’s character.

“So far as Ivan goes, as a coach, good on Ivan for standing by his gamers. As a father, possibly he ought to have a little bit extra understanding of the place Ricky was coming from and elected to say nothing.

“My entire downside with this Penrith crew as we’ve seen as soon as once more on the weekend is they simply lack class.

“They win grand finals and rub their opponent’s noses in it, there’s an enormous up yours to anybody who offers them criticism. You watch after they get wind of this, I’ll be throughout their Twitter feed.”

Co-host Dan Ginnane interjected, saying: “However Ricky did begin this.”

“Little question,” Kent replied.

Ginnane: “However they’re not allowed to return serve?”

Kent: “Return serve if you’d like however don’t sit there and inform us how unhappy you might be and the way upset you might be by it, after which say the very same factor six months later if you’ve bought your tail up.”

Courier Mail reporter Peter Badel had a differing view nonetheless.

He stated Kent himself had written a column throughout State of Origin final yr, saying how boring and drama-free the lead up had been.

“Now the very theatre you’re crying out for has been delivered by Ivan Cleary, it’s magnificent,” Badel stated.

“If I used to be a participant below Ivan, I’d be saying he’s bought my again.

“However Ricky led along with his chin in boxing parlance and he bought an higher minimize. And I believe he deserves it.

“I do know he apologised about it down the observe, however I believe Ivan’s greater than inside his rights to have a crack again.”

Kent replied, claiming the Panthers have been having it each methods, enjoying the sufferer within the authentic state of affairs, however hitting again months later.

Phil Rothfield agreed that Cleary was “out of order”.

“However I’ve no downside with what Salmon did,” he continued. “It was a sq. up for a comment that Ricky in all probability regrets saying within the first place.
“However I don’t suppose the membership as an entire is as uncontrolled as you’re suggesting.”

Kent stated this difficulty was that the membership endorsed the behaviour.

“The membership has a huge impact on the lads they develop into,” he stated. “And that’s a part of the speeches that coaches and recruitment guys will give gamers and mums and dads after they’re about to signal them.

“However they’re not sorted which ends up in conditions like the marriage final yr when Jarome Luai will get up and makes an absolute mug speech on the best day of this younger girl’s life. Why wasn’t somebody there saying ‘allow us to not less than see the speech’ as a part of the caretaking for the gamers.

“They don’t seem to be being educated to indicate any humility or class. And if you wish to sit there and preserve defending that, you’re going to be a part of the issue too.”

The Panthers have additionally been slammed for conceitedness, after the conflict earlier than that had seen Penrith followers taunting the Raiders, in addition to the post-grand closing celebrations after each premiership wins being slammed.

After the 2022 grand closing win, halfback Nathan Cleary stated: “I like all of the boys that I play alongside and I don’t suppose any of them are smug. If we have been smug, I don’t suppose we’d have gone back-to-back.

“There’s no ego in what we do. It’s the surface world which may see it like that.”

And Panthers legend Mark Geyer stated if anybody deserved to be smug, it was back-to-back champions.