NRL investigates Brandon Smith’s swearing on podcast, Storm reportedly furious over praise for Roosters

Storm hooker Brandon Smith could be fined up to $10,000 for using foul language on the YKTR Sports podcast this week.

The 56-minute interview included Smith saying the words f*** and c*** on several occasions, which is reportedly enough to warrant a breach of contract notice for bringing the game into disrepute.

“I’ve asked the integrity unit to provide me with a report on the matter,” NRL boss Andrew Abdo told ABC.

“I should get that in the next 24 hours.”

The 25-year-old may also need to brace for a trademark Craig Bellamy blast when he arrives back in Melbourne, with Storm officials privately seething after their hooker’s glowing praise of the Sydney Roosters.

Smith is believed to be bound for the Roosters for the 2023 season after announcing on Sunday he had made a decision on his playing future.

Queensland clubs are understood to have conceded they are no longer in the running for Smith’s services. North Queensland, Gold Coast and the Dolphins met with the hooker in recent weeks.

The 25-year-old admitted during the podcast that he looked at the Roosters’ famous jumper during a meeting and thought: “I want to win a premiership in that jersey.”

He also said he thought the Roosters’ approach was “mind blowing”.

Smith was wined and dined by Roosters powerbrokers, coach Trent Robinson and club games record holder Mitch Aubusson.

“He pretty much persuaded me with his words,” Smith said of Robinson, after being invited to make pizza at his family home.

The Storm are upset Smith publicly announced he had made a decision before speaking with Bellamy and club officials who he had promised he would give a last chance to re-sign him.


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