Cameron Smith, the star from Melbourne Storm, has called on trolls to attack his wife Barbara after receiving a $ 15,000 ring from the NRL
Cameron Smith, the star from Melbourne Storm, has called on trolls to attack his wife after receiving a $ 15,000 ring from the NRL.
The captain of Storm broke his silence about the impact his family received after the NRL gave his wife Barbara the extravagant gift to celebrate his 400th competition.
The NRL had previously announced that Smith, 36, would receive a crystal football from Waterford in recognition of his dedication to the club, but there was no question of a ring for his wife until it was revealed in the media.
Smith said that trolls targeting his wife were a & # 39; personal attack & # 39; on his family.
& # 39; Criticism is part of the game. I have registered as an NRL player. To bring in personal attacks and family, that is not the case. I'm not just saying that about myself. That is the family of every athlete. I just think that's forbidden, & he said.
& # 39; My wife is fine. It is not the first time she has been in a newspaper. What upset me most is that she is a woman or partner who has done her utmost to stay out of the news. She never wanted to be part of the media.
& # 39; But somehow she dragged herself in. She's okay. She is a strong woman. Unfortunately it is a by-product of my work. & # 39;
Smith, 36, generally regarded as one of the best players to ever play rugby league, previously took home $ 150,000 from a 2018 testimonial match.
Todd Greenberg, general manager of the NRL, defended the present against Mrs. Smith and said that the women of rugby stars play an essential support system for players.
The captain of Storm said his family got a slack after the NRL gave Barbara the diamond ring to celebrate his 400th competition
& # 39; Our biggest stars would not be where they are today without the women in their lives, & # 39; said Greenberg.
Mr. Greenberg said to Alan Jones of 2 GB last month that the ring was never a secret.
& # 39; The only person this was a secret to was Barb himself, because we wanted to give her a surprise, & # 39; he said.
The gift from the NRL to Mrs. Smith garnered enormous public repercussions.
& # 39; Can Cameron Smith not afford to buy his wife a ring with the multiple contracts he has signed? & # 39; said a Twitter user.
& # 39; I'm pretty sure the women of our wonderful military services deserve more recognition for the support and sacrifices they give & their families to their husbands serving our country! & # 39; another said on Facebook.
Cameron Smith, Melbourne Storm star, complained to a referee after being punished for pulling the ears of Canberra Raiders player Bailey Simonsson (photo)
Smith made headlines last month after being filmed and the ears of Raider's rookie Bailey Simonsson, an action that Smith has denied.
Smith was heavily criticized last month after questioning referee Ben Cummins about a penalty during the collision of The Storm with the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
& # 39; I just want some clarification about what that punishment was there? & # 39; Smith asked Cummins after being probed for pulling Raider's winger Bailey Simonsson.
& # 39; Nonsense on the face, and it was you, & # 39; Cummins said to Smith.
Smith laughed at the explanation and asked for further clarification by asking him: & # 39; Nonsense on the face? & # 39;
Cummins replied & # 39; yes & # 39 ;, to which an unbeliever Smith said & # 39; ok, no worries & # 39 ;.
Footy fans went to social media to fling Smith for his actions and called him an & # 39; absolute grub & # 39; and a & # 39; cheat & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Cameron Smith always does this and gets away with it. Good that you Ben Cummins eventually punished him for it, & a person said.
Smith and his Storm teammates have previously been accused of using dirty tactics in tackles, including struggling opponents to delay the game.
Smith & # 39; s coach Craig Bellamy defended his team after Sunday's game.
Smith and his Storm teammates have previously been accused of using dirty tactics in tackles, including struggling opponents to delay the game
& # 39; It always seems to come at this time of the year. The thing that disappoints me a little (is) the guys who raised it or talk about it, say we do this or that on training, & Bellamy said.
& # 39; I've never seen those guys on (our) training, so how do they know what we're doing on training? We practice this and we practice it … but they have never been in training, so I don't know how they know.
& # 39; The insinuation is that we look for shortcuts and exploit and exploit them … they just work very hard. The whole team does not get enough recognition for how hard they work. & # 39;
Footy fans went to social media to criticize Smith for his actions and called him an & # 39; absolute grub & # 39; and a & # 39; cheat & # 39;
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