Melbourne Storm, Brandon Smith, comment, word, Pidgin English, PNG term, interview with Xavier Coates

Storm star Brandon Smith is reportedly being investigated by the NRL for a comment he made while interrupting an ongoing interview with teammate Xavier Coates.

Coates was interviewed on the pitch by Melbourne’s media officer following the club’s landslide Anzac Day victory over the Warriors.

Smith approached Coates and said “let’s go” followed by what would have been a pidgin English word, which elicited a chuckle from Coates.

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The word has multiple meanings of a sexual nature and has drawn ire from fans in PNG, according to a report by SMH’s Danny Weidler.

The report says NRL views the behavior as “unprofessional and, potentially, disrespectful”.

The NRL are considering whether to issue Smith his second notice of violation in the last 12 months, but at the very least they will contact the New Zealander to warn him.

The 25-year-old reportedly told Storm officials that he didn’t know what the English term pidgin he was using meant and had just heard other players use it.

Brandon Smith and Xavier Coates.Source: Getty Images

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Smith and teammates Cameron Munster and Chris Lewis were all disciplined following their infamous white powder scandal last September.

Smith was given a one-game and suspended $50,000 fine for his involvement in the scandal the trio said they could not recall.

The Kiwi larrikin will join the Roosters next season and he has already been warned by the club that his antics will be targeted by the Sydney media upon his arrival.

Smith was at the center of another controversy in December for comments he made on the YKTR podcast, before it was announced he had signed with the Roosters.


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The star striker has openly admitted he wants to win a premiership with the Roosters and also explained how drinking was a ‘massive part of the culture’ at the Storm – something coach Craig Bellamy and soccer boss Frank Ponissi rebutted.

The comments went viral and he faced heavy criticism given he signed with Melbourne until the end of 2022.

The Storm released a statement at the time saying the club were “deeply offended” by Smith’s comments and confirmed that 2022 would be his final season.

He officially signs with the Habs a few weeks later.

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