Australian journalist slams “embarrassing” NRL fanfare for Cameron Smith’s 400th

Rugby league writer and former player Paul Kent has hit out at the NRL for trying to attach themselves to the success story that was Melbourne captain Cameron Smith’s milestone game.

Smith made history yesterday when the Storm took on Cronulla as he became the first player to reach the 400 game milestone, with Melbourne putting on a huge celebration for arguably one of the game’s greatest ever players.

However, Kent, in an interview on the Triple M Rocks Footy podcast, gave a scathing assessments of the efforts of the competition’s governing body to try and latch on to Smith’s success.

“How the NRL have managed to attach themselves to Cameron Smith’s 400th is embarrassing,” he said.

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“Todd Greenberg (NRL CEO) was like velcro with Cameron Smith last night after the game.

“I just thought the NRL should acknowledge it, but don’t sit there and ride on the coat tails.

“The NRL at the moment disappear and won’t be seen talking about anything unless it’s a free hit for positive publicity and for poor old Cameron Smith they flew down there during the week to go to the press conference to announce they would be doing all this stuff for him.

“Wherever the cameras where they were just sitting in the background and I just think you should leave the game to the players,” he added.