Revealed: Brandon Smith ‘called referee the C WORD’ to earn sin-binning that saw him get into an ugly argument with Sharks fans on his way off the field
- Brandon Smith was sin-binned in the second half of Melbourne’s loss to Cronulla
- Has since emerged Smith, 26, labelled referee Adam Gee a ‘cheating bastard’
- Storm hooker then exchanged words with home crowd as he walked off the field
- Cronulla thrashed out of sorts Melbourne 28-6 to secure a fourth straight win
Melbourne Storm hooker Brandon Smith has been referred straight to the NRL judiciary for contrary conduct after calling referee Adam Gee the ‘C-word’.
The Kiwi international was sent to the sin-bin in the second half, as his frustrations got the better of him at Shark Park in the 28-6 defeat on Thursday night.
It has since emerged Smith labelled whistleblower Gee a ‘cheating bastard’.
A contrite Smith later apologised to Gee and told Channel 9 his conduct was unacceptable.
‘My mouth, it always gets me in trouble,’ he said.
‘I said something to the ref that probably shouldn’t be said. I got sent off (sin bin) and rightly so, you’re not allowed to do that stuff.’
Smith endured a difficult night as the Storm were outclassed 28-6 by the Sharks – he was later sin-binned for calling referee Adam Gee a ‘cheating bastard’
Smith was later involved in a frosty exchange with Cronulla fans at the start of his ten minute spell
Seconds later Smith was involved in a frosty exchange with Cronulla fans as he was given his marching orders.
He could be seen exchanging words with some supporters as he made his way back to the sheds.
Footage shows Sharks fan goading Smith as he walks off the field alongside a Melbourne staffer.
At first, the 26-year-old sarcastically waved back at the fans, before stopping abruptly just as he entered the tunnel.
Smith appeared to be looking down at the ground next to him, before furiously glancing back up towards the stands with a surprised look on his face.
‘What did you say, bra?,’ he called out in the direction of the fans before walking back towards the tunnel.
Speaking on commentary on Fox League, former NSW pivot Braith Anasta suggested Smith’s brain fade symbolised Melbourne’s difficult night.
‘[He’s] An example of where the Melbourne Storm are at,’ he said.
‘Brandon Smith has been far from his best. Ten minutes in the bin, he’s waving to the crowd and he’s now arguing with fans. […] He’s got to get a grip, get him in the sheds and get him away from everyone.’
The 26-year-old was goaded by the fans as he walked off the field after being sin-binned
Before appearing to react angrily to something that happened as he approached the tunnel
Storm coach Craig Bellamy suggested after the game he’d have words with Smith over the incident.
‘I don’t really know exactly what happened there. I don’t know what he [Smith] said,’ he said in his press conference.
‘Obviously we don’t want our players showing that sort of disrespect to the referee. It won’t happen again.
‘We don’t agree with everything that happens with the referees, but we [have to] show respect. […] We don’t want that and I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna happen again.’
Craig Bellamy said that incidents such as the one involving Smith won’t happen again
Smith’s sin-binning compounded a night to forget for Melbourne, who fell to a second consecutive loss after being defeated 36-30 by Manly last week at 4 Pines Park.
The Storm have slipped to third on the NRL ladder behind Penrith and North Queensland, one place above the Sharks who secured a fourth consecutive win.
Melbourne next host Canberra on July 17, while the Sharks travel to Townsville to face the Cowboys.