Panthers trainer Pete Green has found himself in the headlines following a verbal altercation with Cody Walker — and it isn’t the first time he has been on the back page.
Following Penrith’s 32-12 victory Green was on the receiving end of a verbal barrage from Walker after reportedly sledging former Panther Jed Cartwright.
Green’s comments towards the 25-year-old surrounded a broken back he sustained while at the Panthers and Souths officials reportedly believe he went too far.
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Last season, during a finals clash against the Eels, Penrith trainer caused mass controversy after stopping play to treat Mitch Kenny who had suffered an ankle injury.
Penrith came away with an 8-6 win, but the late stoppage came at a crucial moment with the game hanging in the balance with five minutes remaining.
The NRL rules state trainers can only stop play if there are safety concerns.
The NRL launched an investigation into the incident, and the club were eventually fined $25,000 and Green was suspended from accessing the field of play for the rest of the season.
Now, South Sydney officials labelled Green’s comments towards Cartwright the “height of disrespect”.
”When you’re in a privileged position, you should never speak to another player from an opposition team let alone say the things that were said,” a ‘high ranking South Sydney official’ told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Captain Cameron Murray, Davvy Moale and chief operating officer of the club Brock Schaefer were quick to step in and restrain Walker during the confrontation and Green was escorted from the field.
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