Penrith’s great Greg Alexander has acknowledged some problems with the Panthers’ raucous celebration after the grand finale, but downplayed criticism that they ruined the Provan-Summons trophy.
Viliame Kikau was criticized last week for lack of respect for Penrith’s defeated opponents Rabbitohs, while utility Tyrone May was charged with a post-win Instagram post highlighting an incident in which he was found guilty of intentionally recording a intimate image without consent.
“There have been a few social media that have not impressed me,” Alexander said on SEN radio.
“I think a couple of our players should pull their heads in after what they have posted on social media.
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“It’s getting a little out of control. I’m not following social media.
“I have had people tell me about what has been posted, and some of it should not have been.
“It was a little out of step.”
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Alexander said, however, that the treatment of the NRL’s premiere trophy had been excessive.
The Provan-Summons trophy arrived back in Sydney for repair late last week after being damaged during Penrith’s major final festivities.
Nine News confirmed that the NRL is upset the sculptures of Norm Provan and Arthur Summons were separated from the bottom of the trophy and placed in a stroller.
“I do not think the trophy is a biggie,” Alexander said.
“There’s a precedent. Laurie Daley in 1989 dropped the trophy from the back of someone out in Canberra in one of the parades. It overturned on the back of the page.
“When they said the trophy had been damaged, it had not been intentional. It would have been an accident. I do not think it is a real problem.”
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