Brandon Smith thrown out for Melbourne Storm, battle with Cronulla Sharks mob, video

Melbourne larrikin Brandon Smith found himself in the thick of it on Thursday night during a bizarre moment at Shark Park.

Storm’s attacker let the ball run and was tackled by Cronulla’s Aiden Tolman, got up and appeared to yell something in the direction of referee Adam Gee.

Gee immediately blew his whistle to stop the game and sent Smith to the sin-bin.

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“I’m not even going to repeat what he said,” Gee said.

Smith later spoke to Nine and shed some light on the incident.

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“My mouth, it always gets me in trouble,” he said.

“I said something to the referee that probably shouldn’t be said. I was sent off, and rightly so, you can’t do that.”

Smith grabbed his medicine and walked to the sidelines to serve out his 10 minutes in the naughty corner.

But as he left the field, the lively Shire mob taunted him. Initially, Smith gave the raucous fans a thumbs up and seemed happy to brush it off.

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But one comment seemed to annoy him, and he turned and tried to protest against the person who had shot it at him.

“What did you say, bra?” Smith shot up from the tunnel, being stopped by a Storm staff and a guard.

Then he turned and disappeared into the tunnel.

“Well, this is quite a moment,” said Nine commentator Mat Thompson.

Phi Gould commented “how bizarre”.

The race judging committee will release its charges Friday morning, when Smith will learn if he has been charged for his comment.

His coach, Craig Bellamy, was far from impressed by the incident.

It is very rare for a player to be penalized when his team is in possession of the ball, let alone sent to the sin box.

“Looked like it was going to be one of our best sets, we had a bit of line speed. Then all of a sudden I thought we were going to get a penalty, but it ended up in the bin,” Bellamy told media post-game.

“I don’t know what he said. We don’t want our players to show that kind of disrespect to the referees. All I can say is it won’t happen again.”

“I don’t know why he would say anything. The referee clearly did it for a reason. I’ll talk to Brandon a bit and see what happened there.”

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