Smith meant no disrespect to Storm

Smith meant no disrespect to Storm

Melbourne's Brandon Smith insists he did not meant to disrespect the Storm in his controversial podcast interview in which he revealed his desire to play for their fierce NRL rivals the Sydney Roosters.

Smith used his Instagram account on Tuesday to apologise to anyone “hurt by my words” but the defiant New Zealand hooker declared he will continue to be true to himself.

“It was never my intent to disrespect or come across as ungrateful to the club that has done so much for me and my family,” Smith wrote.

“And that goes for my coaches, members, staff and most of all my teammates.

“I speak from the heart for better or worse sometimes – and I'm sorry if anyone was hurt by my words.”

Smith is believed to be bound for the Roosters in 2023 after he announced on Sunday he had made a decision on his playing future.

The Storm were left seething after the 25-year-old admitted he looked at the Roosters' famous jumper during a meeting and thought: “I want to win a premiership in that jersey”.

He told YKTR Sports podcast he found the Roosters' approach to be “mind-blowing”.

Smith was wined and dined by Roosters powerbrokers, coach Trent Robinson and club games record-holder Mitch Aubusson.

“He pretty much persuaded me with his words,” he said of Robinson, after being invited to make pizza at his family home.

In an expletive-laden hour-long interview, Smith also spoke about the Melbourne players cultivating a drinking culture that bonded the playing group.

However, in his social media statement said he wrote that his words were taken out of context.

“I specifically also want to address the media honing in on my comments around the Storm culture and it being framed as a “drinking culture” they have going on down there,” Smith wrote.

“Our culture is built on hard work and effort as the main priorities. These comments have been taken way out of context.”

Due to return to Melbourne training on December 6, the interview puts Smith's immediate playing future in doubt although he said he committed to the Storm.

Already set to miss round one and fined for his post-grand final antics when he was photographed partying in a hotel room with white powder present, Smith could find himself in further trouble with the NRL's integrity unit set to review his podcast interview.

But Smith said he has no plans to change.

“One thing I pride myself on is being myself and regardless of the backlash I will continue to do so,” he wrote.

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