Darren Lockyer doesn’t buy the argument that, following the outburst of Ricky Stuart’s ‘weak dog man’, post-game press conferences should be axed.
Paul Gallen made that argument in his latest column for Wide World of Sports, on the back of Stuart’s astonishing spray aimed at Panthers point guard Jaeman Salmon.
“Having a press conference moments after a game is just stupid,” Gallen wrote.
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“It’s stupid and 99% of the time it’s boring.
“Coaches go there and every time they’re asked a question about a contentious game, they get the same answer.”
But Lockyer sees value in the coach and captain facing the press soon after the game.
“Sometimes they televise it. I watch it in the AFL. Sometimes it’s quite educational to watch them,” Lockyer told Wide World of Sports. QLDER.
“The passion, whether you won or lost, is actually good to see.
“It’s a mistake by Ricky, it’s the bad part.
“To change the system based on what happened there – I think that would be a mistake.
“I think it’s just a mistake by one individual that few others would make.”
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The NRL hit Stuart with a one-game ban and a $25,000 fine, ruling the Raiders manager out of his side’s clash with St George Illawarra in Canberra on Sunday.
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The suspension means that from Tuesday afternoon until next Wednesday, Stuart is not permitted to enter Raiders headquarters, attend a practice or provide coaching.
These functions were left to his three assistants.
Lockyer thought Stuart, an intense figure in rugby league, had “softened up”.
“We know Ricky is a passionate person and sometimes he can overflow,” Lockyer said.
“We have seen it in the past.
“He had been pretty good for the last 18 months.
“I hadn’t seen a chair hit on the sidelines in a while.”
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