Rabbitohs forward Jed Cartwright has no issue with comments made by Panthers trainer Pete Green during Saturday night’s preliminary final, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Cartwright, a former Panthers player, insists Green did not sledge him about the many back troubles he experienced at Penrith, despite the fact South Sydney officials had privately claimed that was the case.
The drama exploded when 9News aired footage of Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker engaged in an angry spat with the Panthers trainer following the preliminary finale.
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“It’s just been blown out of proportion,” Cartwright told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“I am good mates with Pete. We got along real well when I was at Penrith.
“He never said anything about my back. He just said something about the tackle that I made.
“We spoke about it after the game and we have since texted about it and we’re all good. I’m ready to move on and he’s ready to move on. That’s it.
“He said nothing about my back.
“I have all the respect in the world for Pete.
“It’s hard when you lose a preliminary final.
“I just went up to him and spoke about what I heard and what he told me and then we put it to bed then and there. It’s been blown up from that.”
The issue was almost buried on Monday when South Sydney and Penrith officials addressed the matter and agreed to move on.
However, the matter escalated when Jed’s father John told a News Corp publication that Green should be banned for life.
“We were out having a drink celebrating the end of the season and (John) must have seen the original article or video. He got pretty fired up not knowing the story,” Jed said.
“He knows the story now.
“We just want to put it to bed.”
Penrith players were asked about the incident during an open media session and fan day on Tuesday.
“I think he’s a big part of our group,” Jarome Luai told 9News.
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“With our culture and everything like that — he buys into all of that, as well.
“He’s one of the best physios I’ve ever met and worked with.
“If anyone is going through something tough like that, all the boys get around him.
“He’s sweet, he’s a loveable guy and we all love him.
“When anything is said bad about a person who you know is an awesome guy, and does a lot for the team and the community… it’s pretty sad to see.”
It’s understood neither club has filed an official complaint about the ugly incident after full-time on Saturday night.
Green is expected to be allowed to act as Penrith’s runner in the grand finale against Parramatta on Sunday night.
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