Penrith Panthers great Greg Alexander criticises players for NRL Grand Final celebrations

Penrith great Greg Alexander has acknowledged some issues with the Panthers’ raucous post-grand final celebrations, but played down criticism of them damaging the Provan-Summons trophy.

Viliame Kikau was criticised last week for a lack of respect towards Penrith’s vanquished opponents the Rabbitohs, while utility Tyrone May was taken to task for a post-win Instagram post which highlighted an incident where he was found guilty of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent.

“There have been a couple of social media things that haven’t impressed me,” Alexander said on SEN radio.

“I think a couple of our players need to pull their heads in after what they’ve posted on social media.

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“It gets a bit out of control. I don’t follow social media.

“I’ve had people tell me about what’s been posted, and some of it shouldn’t have been.

“It was a bit out of line.”

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Alexander, however, said the treatment of the NRL’s premiership trophy had been overblown.

The Provan-Summons trophy arrived back in Sydney for repairs late last week, after it was damaged during Penrith’s grand final celebrations.

Nine News confirmed the NRL is upset the sculptures of Norm Provan and Arthur Summons were separated from the base of the trophy and placed in a pram.

“I don’t think the trophy is a biggie,” Alexander said.

“There is precedents. Laurie Daley in 1989 the trophy fell off the back of a ute down in Canberra in one of the parades. It tumbled off the back of the ute.

“When they said the trophy has been damaged it wouldn’t have been on purpose. It would have been an accident. I don’t think that is a real issue.”

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