'Very well aware': Storm coach's white powder scandal truth bomb

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Seen here, a screenshot of the white powder video that landed three Storm players in hot water.
Three Melbourne Storm players were sanctioned after a video surfaced of them partying with a white powder visible on a table. Pic: Channel Nine

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has made a stunning admission about the white powder video scandal that saw three of his players slapped with fines and suspensions.

Cameron Munster, Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis were all sanctioned over the controversial video on Tuesday, before Munster revealed he was entering a rehab facility to deal with his "battle" against alcohol abuse.

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The Storm warned that the star playmaker was on his last chance after post-season video emerged of him partying alongside the other two players, with a white powder visible on the table in front of them.

Munster, Smith and Lewis were all issued with NRL breach notices on Tuesday for bringing the game into disrepute.

The trio will miss the 2022 season opener and face various fines, with Munster hit the hardest after copping a $30,000 penalty.

The Storm also slapped Munster with a $100,000 suspended fine.

Melbourne Storm CEO Justin Rodksi was grilled about the incident during a video link-up, revealing that the NRL was not allowed to drug test the players during the off-season and that he had no idea what substance the white powder was.

"Through excessive consumption of alcohol and intoxication the players have limited memory of what did or didn't take place in that hotel room," Rodksi said.

Speaking on 4BC Radio’s ‘Afternoons with Sofie Formica’, Melbourne's coach challenged that assertion and insisted the players were "well aware" that what they'd done was wrong.

Seen here, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy addresses media after a game in 2021.
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy says he and the club are extremely disappointed in the actions of the players seen in the video. Pic: Getty

Storm coach's stern rebuke for trio

"There's been a lot said, it's really disappointing for us as a club. It's been really disappointing for the game," Bellamy said.

"Those guys are very aware they've done the wrong thing. It's important now we get them the help and guidance they need to not be making those mistakes again.

"I don't know whether having a snort of cocaine or a line of cocaine... is worse for your body or worse for you than half a dozen schooners. But the big difference is having half a dozen schooners isn't illegal."

The Melbourne coach then alleged that what his players had partaken in was "illegal".

"That's what disappoints me so much, is that these guys earn a good living, they're doing what they love in life, and what they did was illegal.

"They were very, very well aware of that."

The Storm trio have maintained that they were too drunk to remember what the white powder was and Yahoo Sport Australia is not suggesting that it was an illegal drug.

Cameron Munster (pictured left) and Brandon Smith (pictured right) have copped suspensions and fines from the NRL over their post-season antics. (Getty Images)
Cameron Munster (pictured left) and Brandon Smith (pictured right) have copped suspensions and fines from the NRL over their post-season antics. (Getty Images)

Melbourne have put Munster on a 12-month booze ban and axed him from the Storm leadership group, as well as the $100,000 suspended fine.

The club's CEO said if the representative five-eighth breached the alcohol ban he would cop the hefty fine and face the Storm's board which would decide his fate.

Asked if the 27-year-old was on his last chance after previous disciplinary issues Rodski replied: "I think you could take from this that he is, yes."

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