Rugby league legend Laurie Daley has questioned whether senior Broncos pictured crying after their sixth straight loss were delivering “crocodile tears” for the camera.
Skipper Alex Glenn and halfback Brodie Croft were seen in tears at full-time of Brisbane’s disastrous defeat after surrendering a 10-0 lead to the Warriors.
It came a week after several players were heavily criticised for laughing and joking with opposition players after a humiliating loss at home to the Titans.
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Now Daley says the emotional scenes on Saturday night prompted him to pause and ask himself some questions, after a listener on Big Sports Breakfast asked whether it was a “coincidence” to see an outpouring of grief a week after players were pictured laughing.
“A couple of blokes asked me the same question yesterday. I don’t think you can stage it but I did think the same way,” Daley said.
“I thought, ‘Oh, I wonder whether they’re serious or not’. I wonder whether they’re crocodile tears. My initial reaction was that.
“I haven’t seen anyone cry like that after eight weeks of footy.”
Daley added: “If you were coaching under 8s or under 7s … and your kids were crying after they lost their fifth game in a row what would you say? Wouldn’t you say, ‘Boys it’s OK, why do you feel like you have to have tears?’
“I can understand if it’s a grand final. Yes you haven’t won for six weeks … I thought, ‘Oh jeez, is that the right thing to be doing after six weeks (of losing), is that the reaction I want from my playing group?”
Co-host Michael Clarke took the opposite view, arguing he refused to believe any player would put on such a display deliberately.
Broncos CEO Paul White took the extraordinary step on Sunday of calling a press conference to declare his public support for embattled coach Anthony Seibold.
The club has faced intense pressure to relieve Seibold of his duties fewer than 18 months into a five-year deal.
But White and fellow powerbrokers Karl Morris and Darren Lockyer are determined to stand by their questionable decision to hand a rookie NRL coach such a lengthy contract.
Originally published asNRL legend: Were crying Broncos faking it?
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