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Jaeman Salmon has broken his silence on Ricky Stuart's 'weak-gutted dog' spray, saying he was shocked and confused by the Canberra coach's comments.
Salmon will come off the bench for Penrith in Sunday night's NRL Grand Final against Parramatta, desperate to put the Stuart affair behind him and focus on football.
Shielded from the media since the incident last month, the Penrith utility said he had been sledged by fans in the weeks that have followed.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart branded Jaeman Salmon a 'weak-gutted dog' last month
The Canberra coach unleased on the five-eighth for kicking hooker Tom Starling during the Panther's 26-6 win over the Raiders on August 6.
Stuart was eventually handed an unprecedented one-match ban and $25,000 fine over the comments, and apologised for the forum in which he made them.
At the time, the Raiders coach claimed he had history with Salmon, with suggestions it dated back to a family matter from junior days in Cronulla.
But Salmon said he was caught entirely off guard by the whole affair.
The Panthers utility said he was shocked by Stuart's outburst
''It was a bit of a shock,' Salmon told AAP. 'I've never heard that before. But I am not worried about that now.'
After the incident, there was a suggestion Stuart lashed out after Salmon reportedly made derogatory comments directed at the Raiders' coach autistic daughter.
The Panthers utility, however,