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Cameron Smith's Wife Given Diamond Ring By NRL

QueefRichards

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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/cameron-smiths-wife-given-15000-diamond-ring-by-the-nrl/news-story/b3bdecacc88ee220758c3d386aa24ffe

THE NRL is scrambling to explain why Cameron Smith’s wife Barb was presented with a diamond ring in recognition of her husband’s 400th game.

The gift was not listed among the official ones to Smith when the NRL formally celebrated his milestone in July and has raised questions about why the wife of a player would be rewarded by the game.

The lavish gift was not approved by the Australian Rugby League Commission.

At the time of the milestone match, the NRL revealed it was presenting Smith a Waterford crystal football after the game, as well as a specially commissioned mural in Smith’s image in Richmond.

No mention of the diamond ring was made.

Greenberg presented Barb Smith with the ring at a private dinner the NRL held for her husband in the week leading up to this 400th game. While the dinner was covered in various sections of the press, there was no mention of the ring.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg defended the gift on Thursday.

“Our biggest stars wouldn’t be where they are today without the women in their lives,’’ Greenberg said.

“We make no apologies for honouring the amazing role Barb has played and the sacrifices she has made throughout Cameron’s career.

“His feat made history and may never be done again. It was right to acknowledge the achievement in the way we did.”

The Storm denied they were involved.

“We had no idea it was coming,” Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said. “It was a gift from the NRL. We gave her a bunch of flowers.”

It comes after the NRL allowed Smith a testimonial game at Suncorp Stadium at the start of last year, well before his retirement, when he pocketed $150,000 while donating $15,000 to a charity.

There’s no suggestion that Smith or his wife have done anything wrong.

A concern for Smith and the NRL is also whether the gift has income tax implications.

While Barb Smith will claim the ring was a gift, the Australian Taxation Office could deem it assessable income given the ring was received in recognition of her husband’s occupation.

An NRL spokesman said the gift to Barb Smith had no salary cap implications.

“It is a gift from the NRL,” the spokesman said. “No different to gifts for 300 games, premiership rings or players who are paid out of the NRL marketing fund to promote events.”

The NRL says that, depending on the player’s circumstances, it will replicate the gift for any player who gets to 400.

St George Illawarra’s James Graham played his 400th first-grade game last weekend with limited official recognition.

Why Smith’s wife was given the gift at all is confusing given Smith received the Waterford crystal ball in recognition of his achievement.

There are also questions around the lack of transparency around the lavish present given how well Smith has been rewarded and the peculiar relationship between the Storm and the game’s administration.

Melbourne have been allowed to celebrate their 2009 premiership season, for instance, going as far as carrying official commemoration on their NRL jersey ‘‘celebrating 1999 & 2009 grand finals’’, with no recrimination from the NRL.

This is after the Storm were stripped of their 2009 premiership for cheating the salary cap.

The Storm had their name removed from the premiership trophy and were ordered to remove the 2007 and 2009 premierships from their website.
 

Real Deal

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In appreciation of her service someone should present Mrs Greenburg with a lead-cored rolling pin to whack her husband after such a lame apologia as that. Indefensible.
 

Waz13

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Man when you thought this administration couldn’t get any worse. I love the fact that I have manly to support each week. However, if we had folded years ago and gone the way of say norths or others at least I can safely say I’d not have to watch another game of this god awfully run sport. This stuff is beyond embarrassing.
 

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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/cameron-smiths-wife-given-15000-diamond-ring-by-the-nrl/news-story/b3bdecacc88ee220758c3d386aa24ffe

THE NRL is scrambling to explain why Cameron Smith’s wife Barb was presented with a diamond ring in recognition of her husband’s 400th game.

The gift was not listed among the official ones to Smith when the NRL formally celebrated his milestone in July and has raised questions about why the wife of a player would be rewarded by the game.

The lavish gift was not approved by the Australian Rugby League Commission.

At the time of the milestone match, the NRL revealed it was presenting Smith a Waterford crystal football after the game, as well as a specially commissioned mural in Smith’s image in Richmond.

No mention of the diamond ring was made.

Greenberg presented Barb Smith with the ring at a private dinner the NRL held for her husband in the week leading up to this 400th game. While the dinner was covered in various sections of the press, there was no mention of the ring.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg defended the gift on Thursday.

“Our biggest stars wouldn’t be where they are today without the women in their lives,’’ Greenberg said.

“We make no apologies for honouring the amazing role Barb has played and the sacrifices she has made throughout Cameron’s career.

“His feat made history and may never be done again. It was right to acknowledge the achievement in the way we did.”

The Storm denied they were involved.

“We had no idea it was coming,” Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said. “It was a gift from the NRL. We gave her a bunch of flowers.”

It comes after the NRL allowed Smith a testimonial game at Suncorp Stadium at the start of last year, well before his retirement, when he pocketed $150,000 while donating $15,000 to a charity.

There’s no suggestion that Smith or his wife have done anything wrong.

A concern for Smith and the NRL is also whether the gift has income tax implications.

While Barb Smith will claim the ring was a gift, the Australian Taxation Office could deem it assessable income given the ring was received in recognition of her husband’s occupation.

An NRL spokesman said the gift to Barb Smith had no salary cap implications.

“It is a gift from the NRL,” the spokesman said. “No different to gifts for 300 games, premiership rings or players who are paid out of the NRL marketing fund to promote events.”

The NRL says that, depending on the player’s circumstances, it will replicate the gift for any player who gets to 400.

St George Illawarra’s James Graham played his 400th first-grade game last weekend with limited official recognition.

Why Smith’s wife was given the gift at all is confusing given Smith received the Waterford crystal ball in recognition of his achievement.

There are also questions around the lack of transparency around the lavish present given how well Smith has been rewarded and the peculiar relationship between the Storm and the game’s administration.

Melbourne have been allowed to celebrate their 2009 premiership season, for instance, going as far as carrying official commemoration on their NRL jersey ‘‘celebrating 1999 & 2009 grand finals’’, with no recrimination from the NRL.

This is after the Storm were stripped of their 2009 premiership for cheating the salary cap.

The Storm had their name removed from the premiership trophy and were ordered to remove the 2007 and 2009 premierships from their website.
WTF?????
 

KOMORI

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You wouldn’t bloody well believe it, unless you’d become accustomed to years of corruption and the double standards of Greenturd.

It just seems like you’re reading a novel involving dodgy councillors and seedy developers, ensuring that everyone gets a “handshake” and anyone else can jump off a bridge...

It’s got to stop. This shouldn’t be ignored, or swept under the carpet...
 

40 years an eagle

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I can't understand why Greenturd has this teflon coating.
Why is his pathetic administration allowed to continue?
He is the worst administrator of any sporting organisation in history.
What the fukk is going on?
It's a disgrace of biblical proportions!
 

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