James Graham claims that he doesn’t remember what he said – and won’t apologise it in any case – after an on-field microphone caught the England enforcer accusing an Australian player of ‘cheating’.
The Kangaroos were awarded a penalty for Luke Gale’s high tackle on Cameron Smith, Graham’s invective rant was aimed towards a Kangaroos player.
Graham’s dismay was clear, shouting ‘cheating c**t’ multiple times.
The impassioned 32-year-old insists he had no recollection of what he said, nor did he feel the necessity to apologise.
“Loads of stuff gets said on the field,” Graham said. “If you don’t like it turn off the ref mics.
“That’s real life, real emotion out there. Stuff gets said all the time. Just because you pick it up … you want to fake reality? You want people to pat each on the back? It is what it is. It’s just the game.
“I don’t even remember what I said. I shouldn’t have to either. Remember that, that’s real. I shouldn’t have to remember what I said and apologise to anyone. And I won’t. It’s just part of the game.
“People say stuff. I spoke to a couple of players and it was like, ‘yeah, whatever’. What’s done is done.”