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Melbourne Storm’s Brandon Smith opens up on team ‘drinking culture’ during expletive-ridden podcast


An NRL star has opened up about his team’s ‘drinking culture’ in an expletive-ridden podcast interview that has his club seeing red.

Melbourne Storm hooker Brandon Smith, 25, has reportedly angered officials at his club after his appearance on the YKTR Sports podcast this week where he uttered the F-word a whopping 61 times and opened up about what they get up to off the pitch.

Smith said the club ‘had so many p**s ups’, referred to Storm coach Craig Bellamy as an ‘older f***er’ and added he likes to listen to Adele before he steps onto the field.

The Storm were also left unimpressed by Smith’s now very public desire to join the Sydney Roosters when he said he wanted to win a Premiership in their jersey – despite having one year left on his Storm contract. 

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo told the Daily Telegraph he has asked the NRL Integrity Unit to review the podcast and prepare a report.

Smith has since apologised for the comments but could face a fine of between $5,000 to $10,000.

Melbourne Storm hooker Brandon Smith, 25, has reportedly angered his club after his appearance on the YKTR Sports podcast this week

Melbourne Storm hooker Brandon Smith, 25, has reportedly angered his club after his appearance on the YKTR Sports podcast this week

During the podcast, Smith said: ‘F**k, we have so many piss ups (at Melbourne) and it’s no secret piss-ups f***ing build relationships. 

‘At the Storm, drinking is a massive part of the culture,’ he said during one part of the podcast.

‘As a football player, I want to be remembered as the c*** who went out there and had a go. (The Old Boys say) F*** I love watching you play, you go f****** hard.’

Smith shared one anecdote with teammate Dale Finucane and NRL superstar Cameron Smith – who he says ‘loves a beer’. 

‘At the Storm bro, drinking is a massive part of the culture,’ he said.

‘We had beer pong competition at my house and Scott Drinkwater, we were playing beer pong, Dale (Finucane) was blind, and Scott kept pouring vodka into his beer cups and he drank a bottle of vodka in 32 minutes, like a whole bottle and he was so p***ed.

Smith has since apologised for his comments he made on the podcast this week where he said the F-word a staggering 61 times

Smith has since apologised for his comments he made on the podcast this week where he said the F-word a staggering 61 times

The NRL star opened up about Melbourne's drinking culture during the podcast where he said they had 'so many p**s ups'

The NRL star opened up about Melbourne’s drinking culture during the podcast where he said they had ‘so many p**s ups’

‘He doesn’t realise how strong he is, he grabs you and just manhandles you around and 20 minutes later he’s got his shoe and he’s spewing into his shoe.’  

When speaking about Bellamy’s work ethic, Smith said he always trained just as hard as the players.

‘You’re like, f***, I’ve got a hard training session today. But you see that and you’re like if that older f***** can do it, I’m going to have to turn up today,’ he said.

Despite Smith praising his current club and coach, the Storm are also reportedly furious with his comments about the Roosters.

His manager had told the Storm on Monday he was signing with the Roosters for 2023, despite Smith earlier promising his current club they had the last right to secure him for another season, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. 

‘I think the best thing about the Roosters, bro, they are about your life, not your footy,’ Smith told the podcast.

Smith also publicly declared his love for the Roosters, despite still having one year left with the Storm

Smith also publicly declared his love for the Roosters, despite still having one year left with the Storm

‘Like, they want you to be set for life. They don’t want you to walk away with nothing from rugby league. They just pushed that. They can tell you how they are going to help you with life …

‘I was just looking at the Roosters jersey … going, ‘I want to win a premiership in that jersey.’ 

The Storm’s CEO Justin Rodski confirmed some of Smith’s comments had offended those within the club. 

‘Recent comments made by Brandon in a podcast, and the way he expressed them, do not align with Storm’s values and the way we operate as a club,’ he said.

‘The statements have deeply offended current and former players, coaches, staff and board members and the club strongly rejects the comments made about the Storm culture.’ 

Smith has since issued an apology saying he never intended to offend those in his club

Smith has since issued an apology saying he never intended to offend those in his club

Smith has since issued an apology saying he never intended to offend those in his club.

‘Specifically to the Melbourne Storm, it was never my intent to disrespect or come across as ungrateful to the club that has done so much for me and my family,’ he said.

‘And that goes for my coaches, members, staff and most of all, my teammates.

‘I speak from the heart – for better or worse sometimes – and I’m sorry if anyone was hurt by my words.

‘But at the end of the day they are my words.’ 

BRANDON SMITH’S APOLOGY IN FULL 

 ‘I want to address current media speculation going on around me at the moment, and specifically my recent comments on the YKTR Sports podcast.

‘Over the past two months, I’ve read multiple headlines about me day in day out, many of which were untrue, none that came from my mouth directly.

‘I done [sic] this podcast for that very reason. To be fully transparent about the process I’ve been going through.

‘It’s honestly been really exciting throughout and I’m truly grateful to be in the position I’m in.

‘One thing I pride myself on is being myself, and regardless of backlash I will continue to do so.

‘That being said, I do acknowledge and want to apologise for how some of the comments have been received.

‘Specifically to the Melbourne Storm, it was never my intent to disrespect or come across as ungrateful to the club that has done so much for me and my family.

‘And that goes for my coaches, members, staff and most of all, my teammates.

‘I speak from the heart – for better or worse sometimes – and I’m sorry if anyone was hurt by my words.

‘But at the end of the day they are my words. 

‘I specifically also want to address the media honing in on my comments around the Storm culture, and it being framed as a ‘drinking culture’ they have going on down there.

‘Our culture is built on hard work and effort as the main priorities.

‘These comments have been taken way out of context, and I implore anyone interested in the matter to please watch the interview in its entirety before jumping to conclusions.

‘This will be the last time I address the comments made on this podcast. My focus is now fully turned to the future with the Melbourne Storm and all the amazing opportunities laid before me.

‘Whatever happens I will give 100 per cent. It’s all I know. If I’m to be label [sic] a terrible person so be it, if I cuss too much I’m sorry but that is me and I continue to be me.

Forever grateful. Cheese.’

 



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