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Brandon Smith statement

Firstly I also want to congratulate Penrith on the grand final win and Souths on a great season.

I apologise my actions detracted from your grand final week when the focus should have been on your great achievement.

I want to apologise to the NRL for my actions causing damage to the brand of the game during the pinnacle event of the year.

To your broadcasters, sponsors, commercial partners, and fans, I also sincerely apologise.

I hate that I have added to the stereotype of players but thank the NRL for understanding I am a young man that made a poor mistake by putting myself in the situation I did, I would never intentionally cause harm to the game.

To the Melbourne Storm, I deeply regret the trouble I have caused to the club, and all our amazing sponsors and partners.

To our board, staff, old boys, members and especially fans, I am sorry. I am very angry and disappointed that my actions have affected my ability to play alongside my team in Round 1 next year.

So to my teammates, I hope I can rectify what I have done and gain some respect back.

To Justin, Frank and Craig, I am sorry I let you down. But thank you guys for your support in the face of all the criticism, which speaks volumes of the culture and care that you guys have for me and this club.

I know I have let a lot of people down, especially my family, I'm sorry for all the criticism you guys have received over social media platforms, which is probably the most painful and heartbreaking thing I’ve had to deal with.

I know that you know I am a good person, with good intentions and a good heart, I also know that these are all just words, but I don’t want you to judge me on words, rather judge me on the actions I take moving forward from this.

I will be working closely with the well being team to address any behavioural issues to ensure I don’t put myself in a compromising position in the future.

I have also received a lot of support from a number of people this week, for which I am grateful for.

In addition to the club, I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, manager, and various people within the rugby league community for being extremely kind to me.

Acknowledgement of Country

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