Brad Fittler and Peter Sterling have both called Kalyn Ponga disrespectful after the Newcastle Knights fullbacks’ reaction to the news than Nathan Brown was stepping down at the end of the season.
After six losses in seven games, Brown announced he was stepping down early last week.
The Knights went on to cop a 46-4 hiding at the hands of the Tigers on Saturday night.
In a press conference after the news of Brown’s imminent departure was revealed, Ponga was asked his immediate reaction.
“I was at lunch having a strawberry thickshake, so I wasn’t too sad,” the Newcastle star said.
That answer went down like a lead balloon.
“Kalyn Ponga…that comment, it didn’t come across well at all,” Sterlo said on the Sunday Footy Show.
“He has come out and said that he wouldn’t be the player he was if he hadn’t had Nathan Brown.”
Fittler went even further.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said.
“They’re talking about paying him a million-and-a-half dollars and they’ve given him plenty of respect.
“The least he could’ve done given the question, he could’ve given it a bit more thought.
“I thought it was terrible.”
Sterling added: “it was disrespectful, no doubt about that.”