Slater’s indiscretions must be addressed

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    Firstly, let me say, I think Billy Slater is one of the best (if not the best) fullbacks I have ever seen and I go back as far as the Les Johns’ era.

    Unfortunately he is also one of the biggest grubs in the game and the match review committee need to come down hard on his cheap shots.

    How the match review committee managed to come to the conclusion there was nothing wrong with his blatant late shoulder charge on Antonio Winterstein was mind-boggling enough, but to say that kick last night was not intentional is absolute rubbish!

    This bloke is going to seriously hurt someone and then we will likely see a criminal law suit for assault.

    The only difference between what he did to David Klemmer and what Eric Cantona did to Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons was that he did it on the field of play during a game and not to a fan who’d rubbed him up the wrong way.

    Cantona was subsequently arrested and convicted for assault, resulting in a two-week prison sentence which was overturned in the appeal court and reduced to 120 hours of community service.

    Now before the howls of “Turn it up, you can’t compare the two incidents” start flying, let me pose this question: if Slater had broken Klemmer’s jaw as Les Boyd did to Darryl Brohman in 1983 would he be within his rights to sue?

    This method of catching the football must be outlawed and outlawed fast before someone get seriously hurt.

    It has found it way into our game from European football where goalkeepers practice the act, but there is no place for it in rugby league.

    It is simply another unprofessional trick that Craig Bellamy has brought into the game to physically hurt the opposition players thus gaining an advantage for his team.

    Slater and Cameron Smith are his chief executors in this area, Smith the grub in the rucks and Slater in open play.

    There are rules in place to protect the kicker and also the man catching the ball.

    I now call for the game’s rule makers to put in place a rule to protect the chaser and I call for it to happen immediately before we have another Brohman-Boyd incident on our hands.

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    • Roar Guru

      March 23rd 2013 @ 1:03am
      Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 1:03am | ! Report


      “The only difference between what he did to David Klemmer and what Eric Cantona did to Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons was that he did it on the field of play during a game and not to a fan who’d rubbed him up the wrong way.”

      You’re joking right??

      Eric Cantona – went running towards the fan, looked at him, then kicked him. Billy does thus action week in and week out every single year. I don’t ever recall him collecting a player like this before??

      Perhaps the only that may eventuate out of this is a rule change stating “when a player leaves the ground to catch a ball the feet are not to lead into the opposition in an effort to protect the ball.”

      Just a stab in the dark there!

      Besides that, the matter was dealt with and both clubs have moved on, maybe everyone else can too??

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 1:54am
      Toa said | March 23rd 2013 @ 1:54am | ! Report

      Billy Slater when lashing out at John Skandalis & rub out for 7 weeks back in 2006 …..”I do realise it was clumsy and careless and I realise I’ve done something wrong,” Slater said. “But in no way was it intentional.”……things haven’t changed!!!!!!!

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 11:43am
        I'mastormtrooper2 said | March 23rd 2013 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        Do you know how many years ago that was ??? Scandalas has retired and Slater is entering the twightlight years of his career … At the time I believed that Scandalis was holding onto Slater’s foot a llittle too long, but,, no excuses, and Billy took his penalty on the chin … During the post match chat with Joey John’s on Thursday night, where Billy was awarded “The Man of the Match”, he offered no excuses – He was fine with leaving it up to the commission to decide … Slater has never shirked from punishment, and he has taken a fair pounding on the paddock himself – He knows that goes with the territory – He was raised on the game and fully understands the consequences … I’m not sure any league player deliberately goes onto the field with a mind set to mame or injure their apponent – Things happen in an instant and are mostly spontaneous and reactive … Remembering, Rugby League players are not exactly pre-schooler’s or mass murderers … My only fear is, how many more rules have to be changed before the public are paying to watch an expensive brand of touch footy…

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:00pm
          Snowmann said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

          “How many more rules have to be changed?”…as many as it takes to rub a grub like Slater out for an extended period of time. For a so-called genius on the field this knob sure has a lot of “accidents”.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:27pm
          Toa said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

          Righto, lets have a look at the Jarrad Hayne incident, now by all accounts running off your logic its Man’s game and stinks usually happens hence the dust up between JH & slater can be water under the bridge.

          Again your hesitant to claim why any player would deliberately injured or hurt another player however in the same game following the stink JH is tackled by 3 storm players including Billy slater which he manages to find the back of JH neck with his elbow.

          Is this your idea of a champion?

          • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:34pm
            I'mastormtrooper2 said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

            Jarred Hayne – perfection personified without and indiscretions – NOT !!! The difference between Slater and Hayne – Hayne is paid more for a lack lustre performance and Slater is the world’s best #1, gives 100% and is worth every cent, without any off field drama …

            • March 23rd 2013 @ 3:26pm
              Toa said | March 23rd 2013 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

              You could argue the Hanye V Slater song until cows come home which has nothing to do with your original claims. In fact your reply is almost as cheap as Slaters indiscretions.

              Replace hanye with Joe Bloggs again apply your logic and you’ll find Slaters actions were far from being a instant & spontaneous. Certainly wouldn’t find someone like a Lockyer, larkam or maybe an Abeltt doing that.

            • March 26th 2013 @ 5:14pm
              Zac said | March 26th 2013 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

              Come on lad’s Your comments come across as being bias. Keep to the facts. Billy was in the air and the other player moved into his space, which would have resulted in a foul anyway. Billy was sent to the tribunal and found not to have committed a foul. Cameron Smith had the correct interpretation of the event on the field of play and the tribunal used the same logic. No case to answer. So move on lads and keep to the facts of the matter!

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 6:02am
      solly said | March 23rd 2013 @ 6:02am | ! Report

      Billy Slater is a grub.

      For the umpteenth time, Klemmer did not tackle Slater in the air.

      (and if he did, I highly doubt he would have used his neck to try and grab hold of Slater’s foot…)

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 1:00pm
        mike from tari said | March 23rd 2013 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

        If Slater is a grub then what are Nate Miles, Wharea- Heargraves & Whatmough.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 1:33pm
          I'mastormtrooper2 said | March 23rd 2013 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

          Michael Ennis – voted by his peers to be “the grub” of the NRL – Strangely enough he denies it …

          • March 23rd 2013 @ 3:31pm
            Snowmann said | March 23rd 2013 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

            The shear arrogance of you storm supports astounds me, never have I seen Ennis try to break somebody’s legs or kick somebody’s face. There is a difference between a niggler/sledger and a grub like Slater. BTW! How those 2009 premiership tattoos going?..

            • March 23rd 2013 @ 5:07pm
              oikee said | March 23rd 2013 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

              Your not the real snowman, your a imposter,,
              here lads, this is sheer class, number 1 in Britain back in it’s time.
              This snowmann is a trouble maker, plus he cant spell. 🙂

              • March 23rd 2013 @ 5:46pm
                Snowmann said | March 23rd 2013 @ 5:46pm | ! Report

                As i said before, lay off the cane toads. For the record, I don’t believe Slater did it intentional, but he always seems to have “accidents” for such a so-called gifted player.

            • March 23rd 2013 @ 5:57pm
              I'mastormtrooper2 said | March 23rd 2013 @ 5:57pm | ! Report

              I’m far from arrogant Snowman – The players of 2011 and 2012 voted that Ennis the Menice was in their professional opinion the biggest grub in the the game … There is much that goes down on and off the footy fiield, that fans don’t know, so it’s only my guess that the footballers know better then me … I’ve never heard a bad word said about Slater, by players, legends or commentators of the game … I do know his parents well enough … I’m not into tattoo’s, Premiershiip or others … And, as far as I’m aware, and as long as my children are free of ink, I don’t care what the other half do, or think or believe about the Storm or their Premierships … I don’t walk out early when they are losing and I won’t walk away from them through adversity – Think about that as you wish, but honestly I don’t give a fig !!!

              • March 24th 2013 @ 11:11pm
                Snowmann said | March 24th 2013 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

                For the record stormtrooper I am a Bulldogs supporter and member, and at times, i did have a soft spot for the Storm, might have been the fact both teams got done for the salary cap. 2002 was heartbreaking for supports like myself, 17 straight, then having to get the wooden spoon, but as a true supporter we took it on the chin and stayed loyal to our team, so please spare the rhetorics about supporting my club. The difference between us is that we don’t play the victim. We haven’t exactly been the beacon of light but by god are we trying. The way your captain and coach chucked a sook at the presser was sheer arrogance. To state that Klemmer tackled him in mid air is idiotic and one eyed from a typical Storm player and coach.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 4:00pm
          solly said | March 23rd 2013 @ 4:00pm | ! Report


          How does those guys being grubs mean Slater is not?

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 4:31pm
        I'mastormtrooper2 said | March 23rd 2013 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

        He places his hands on Slaters foot and legs before he hits the ground … Rule says, a player contesting a high ball is not to be touched before a part of his body makes contact with the turf …. Sorry, a lack of timing, in the wrong place, whatever – The responsibility is to the defending team not to make the infringement … Bad management doesn’t change that fact … You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to work it out …

        • April 14th 2013 @ 10:26pm
          ant said | April 14th 2013 @ 10:26pm | ! Report

          I reckon the foot goes into the neck before klemmers hands touch him and thats where its wrong.storm gets away with way too much.i reckon theyve found new ways to cheat the salary cap, probably all drug cheats too.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 6:41am
      Henry said | March 23rd 2013 @ 6:41am | ! Report

      His technique is an AFL catching style to balance a player in the air which was obviously learnt during one of their many cross training days they have with AFL clubs. Smith got it right on the night also “if the player wasn’t coming in to attempt the tackle he wouldn’t have got hit in the head”. You’re probably the same people who whinged about the shoulder charge ban yet you’re already suggesting a rule change after one accident that surprising happened in a rough game… Idiots

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:05am
        I hate Melbourne storm said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:05am | ! Report


        • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:29pm
          Meesta Cool said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

          hahahahahah. bet your lot are taking drugs!…

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:45am
        solly said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:45am | ! Report

        Smith’s comments are disingenuous to say the least.

        All players try to tackle a leaping player as soon as they land. Klemmer was doing the same. You can see him actually pausing briefly to make sure he timed his tackle.

        But read this next line carefully, Klemmer DID NOT initiate any contact with Slater. If anyone says that, they are simply lying.

        The shoulder ban issue has absolutely nothing to do with the above statements. I hope you can appreciate this.

        Accidents will occur. Rugby league is a tough sport.

        But Billy Slater has a reckless technique about him and that was evident on Thursday night.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:52am
        yewonk said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:52am | ! Report

        bringing the legs up in afl is for when your taking a mark over the back of someone. they dont kick out after catching the ball.
        so i dont know what your talking about. also the player can run in for the tackle all he wants he only commits an offence if he makes the tackle in the air.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:44pm
        Kevin said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

        Mate 100% right, Michael long perfected it

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:13am
      Robert said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      Exhibit A for Slater grubbiness-2008 GF.Half of Manly’s many try scorers in that game had Slater stud marks over their arms or face.And saying it would not of happened if the dogs player had not come in to make a tackle in the air,which he wasnt,is like saying if the Cowboys player had not put his ass there Hoppa would not of put his finger up it

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      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:25am
        yewonk said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:25am | ! Report

        look at 0:08

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 8:49am
          Luke M said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          Wow. Bruce Lee would be proud of that one.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 9:24am
          Andy said | March 23rd 2013 @ 9:24am | ! Report

          The Storm used Sports science to raise Mr. Miyagi from the dead to teach Slater martial arts.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 3:15pm
          I'mastormtrooper2 said | March 23rd 2013 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

          Robert – Love the video – Hope that you have permission to use it ??? Looks like Slater hasn’t changed his technique – The refs didn’t nail his arse to the floor back in 2008 and considering no rule was broken, that is probably why the commission said he had no case to answer … What about “No Case To Answer” don’t people understand …

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 8:48am
      Luke M said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      I can almost see Billy at training saying, “Well i’m doing it. It’s one of those things where if something happens i can say its an accident and nobody can prove it wasn’t”

      Melbourne have a stench about them.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:31pm
        Meesta Cool said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

        Yes Luke.. the stench is called ‘WINNING” and losers don’t like it!. grow up and get a life! watch the game and enjoy it!.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 5:28pm
          Luke M said | March 23rd 2013 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

          Nothing to do with what i’m saying. Yes they win a lot, good on them. But some of the things they do on the field push the boundaries, to say the least.

      • March 26th 2013 @ 5:27pm
        Zac said | March 26th 2013 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

        Another poor looser. Just enjoy the spectacle, but I guess it’s difficult if your team keeps loosing against the Storm. Where is your sportsmanship? My guess is if Storm were not winning it would be some other team you would be having a go at!

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