Canberra are likely to cop a hefty fine from the NRL after coach Ricky Stuart walked out on a media conference and gagged his players after Saturday’s 24-12 loss to Brisbane.
As required, Stuart fronted reporters at GIO Stadium but interjected as the first question was being asked.
His reply was a 68-word statement that lasted just 24 seconds.
“Todd Greenberg (NRL’s head of football), he was at the game tonight, and I just really hope he saw what I saw,” said Stuart, apparently fuming at some of the refereeing decisions.
“It’s a lot healthier for our club if I don’t go any further into this press conference.
“In respect to all the media, it’s got nothing to do with you, but it’s just a lot healthier if I don’t continue.”
He then said “thanks” before walking out of the room with captain Jarrod Croker.
Media were also not allowed to speak to any of the Raiders post-match, at Stuart’s request.
The former champion halfback’s actions are likely to attract a fine from league management – but it wouldn’t be the first time.
Almost exactly 12 months ago, Stuart was ordered by Greenberg to pay $10,000 for his comments about the referees in the Raiders’s round 10 loss to Penrith.
Saturday’s defeat was Canberra’s third in a row and their fifth from six matches at home this season.