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SportMelbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis

15:51  18 september  2019
15:51  18 september  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy says he wouldn't babysit his players and expects them to act responsibly as the fall out from the Brisbane Broncos' pokie session the night before their humiliating finals defeat to Parramatta continues.

News broke this week that a selection of Brisbane players were out playing the pokies late on the night before their 58-0 thrashing at the hands of the Eels last weekend.

They weren't drinking, but the slots session hasn't gone down well north of the Tweed.

Bellamy, who is one of the hardest task masters in the NRL, said he believes his own players are responsible enough to know right from wrong.

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"Our players know what's expected of them but we're not going to sit at home in the lounge room with them or make sure they have this for dinner and make sure they go to bed at the time and whatever," he said when asked about the Broncos incident on Wednesday.

"At the end of the day, I suppose a little bit of early education and then it's their responsibilty.

"I heard someone say yesterday, if the Broncos win or get beaten by six points, no one is probably saying anything."

Although he hinted that he wouldn't like his players to be on the pokies the night before a big match, he said some players might like to relax by throwin a few 20s into the machines.

"I don't know whether playing poker machines is a good preparation for a game," he said.

"But again, you like you players to be relaxed and that might be how some players relax before a game.

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"At the end of the day, we want them to be relaxed.

"They obviously weren't drinking, they weren't tearing the place up.

"Like I said, going and playing the poker machine for a couple of hours, is that good relaxation or not?

"I don't know.

"Because of what happened on the field, that question is going to be asked a lot in the next couple of days I imagine."

The Storm take on the Eels in Melbourne on Saturday after suffering a late 12-10 loss to the Raiders last weekend.

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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy responds to Brisbane Broncos pokies crisis
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