Laurie Daley has issued an apology to Penrith for comments he made towards their team culture and community on Wednesday.
Following the Panthers’ latest sex tape scandal that resulted in Tyrone May being stood down by the NRL, Daley did not hold back in his thoughts on the club.
“If I’m a parent, which I am, at the moment if I have a son good enough to play and if Penrith were in discussions with my son I wouldn’t want my son to go and play at Penrith,” Daley told Big Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.
“And I wouldn’t want my daughter to go out with any Penrith player.”
The former NSW coach has expressed regret over his comments in a message to all representatives of the club and the wider Penrith community.
“If I’ve offended anyone in the Penrith area I certainly apologise,” Daley told Big Sports Breakfast on Thursday.
“It wasn’t my intention to cause that angst, but I would like to clarify some of my comments. I made a number of generalised statements in the heat of the moment that were offensive to many people involved with the Panthers and the Penrith community.
“For that I am sorry, but I was speaking as a father and as a commentator. But (it wasn’t a representation of) the entire club and community based on the actions of one individual. I will apologise for that.
“I know a lot of the current and former players at Penrith who I have the upmost respect for and I also heard that multiple players were charged when only one player has been charged. He is due to presumption of innocence until he has his day in court.”