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NSW Origin and Manly star Brett Stewart's exclusive interview with Phil Rothfield

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, May 16, 2012.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    IN BRETT Stewart's first one-on-one interview in nearly three years the NSW Origin fullback discusses that false sexual assault allegation, his knee injury and the bitter feud with NRL CEO David Gallop.

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  2. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Well done to Brett for doing the interview (pity it wasn't with a real journalist) & speaking out about the toughest period in his life. He is a true gentleman of rugby league & will be remembered as a Manly great!
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    So you haven't forgiven him?

    It's past that now.
  4. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Gallop is not worth anyone's energies, he is a fair and true reflection of News Ltd character.

    All the best to Bretty in his re-emergence as a match winner for NSW:heart:
  5. Andrew..

    Andrew.. It's better to burn out, than to fade away. 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,535 /31
    So the paper that crucified him now want us to hear his side of the story. They should have made Kent and Wilson do the interview so Brett could of well and truly verbalised how he felt.
  6. Moondog

    Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,271 /51
    "Okay, David Gallop."

  7. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

    +1,109 /54
    Rothfield's the sports editor of the paper that crucified him. Surprised he did the interview with him. Still, was a good read. What a champion.
  8. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Thought he got his point across very well with the abandoned me when i needed it most line
  9. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo

    +669 /35
    I think Brett answered that clown well.

    Overall it was a good read, it's a shame that Rothtool let's himself down by trying to get him to bag the club over the hasler affair.

    I like Brett's answer there's two sides to every story.
  10. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,440 /192
    Bretts a better man than me.

    I wouldnt of spoken to the peanut.
  11. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

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    Well worth remembering by those laying the boot into Hasler.
  12. Haz88

    Haz88 Active Member

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    What a legend snake is !! Hoping he has massive origin series and shows just how good he is ! then re signing at Manly just to top it off
  13. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Now we wait for Rebecca Wilsons's follow up piece about how the quotes from Stewart indicate he is still carrying on like a petulant child...
  14. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,652 /39
    Yes there is. However, had Des left Manly quietly & by himself he would be remembered much more kindly by Manly fans...
  15. joeboy

    joeboy Well-Known Member

    +617 /29
    Anyone seen the interview with snake and Rothfield in today's tele, it has some good parts, but goddam he is a sanctimonious prick. Anyone got an email address for him, I'd like to give him a piece of my mind, as I'm doubting the comments I posted to the article will be read or even posted.
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    • bones

      bones Bones Knows

      +9,037 /102
      What interview? :s
    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      It's a good interview, and it underlines yet again why Gallop is not a fit leader.
      A leader is someone with the courage and humility to admit he gets things wrong. This bloke, 'The Undertaker', continues in denial. He made some terrible decisions to cast Brett out without the presumption of innocence. . .
      and this goose was once a lawyer! Imagine him representing someone.
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      • MadMarcus

        MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        There is another piece up on the DT website now with a quote from Gallop at the end:

        I feared I could go to prison, says Brett Stewart

        Phil Rothfield
        The Daily Telegraph
        May 16, 201212:00AM

        IN his darkest hours, Brett Stewart was gripped by thoughts of going to jail.

        "Absolutely I was," the NSW Origin star said yesterday, breaking a self-imposed three-year media blackout to reveal the nightmare of the 2009 sexual assault charges that almost ruined his life - and his football career.

        "I knew I was innocent but my fate was in the hands of 12 jurors. It was my biggest fear. If they didn't see it for what it was, I could have gone to jail."

        Stewart also told for the first time of his anger towards NRL boss David Gallop, who banned the Manly fullback for four weeks and fined the club $100,000 when he was charged with sexual assault after Manly's 2009 season launch party.

        The NRL said it was not because of the assault claims, but because he was drunk.

        After an 18-month legal battle a jury found him not guilty of all charges.

        When asked about Mr Gallop, Stewart replied: "Who? I haven't forgotten that he turned his back on me when I needed his support most."

        Stewart caused a storm when he said to Mr Gallop after last year's grand final win against the Warriors: "You owe me an apology."

        There were times he thought about quitting rugby league but couldn't afford to because of his legal bills.

        He thanked his brother Glenn, former Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler and his parents for helping him through the desperate weeks when many suspected he was suffering from depression.

        But back in the Blues' State of Origin team for the first time since 2008, Stewart said yesterday: "I'm still not the person I used to be, although I'm getting better."

        Last night Mr Gallop said: "We maintain we took the appropriate action and the issue is now in the past. I wish Brett good luck for Origin."
      • Masked Eagle

        Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

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        I know he is well within his rights to be dirty with Gallop, but to be honest, I would be even filthier with the media and especially how they treated the story in the early days of it. I wonder if part of the settlement was they would get a one on one interview at some stage?
      • Utility Player

        Utility Player Well-Known Member

        +514 /6
        I went on the record at the time saying he was wrong to suspend you before you'd been to court. Do you feel better about Gallop now?

        May be the key as to why he spoke to Rothfield.

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