NRL commentators have been quick to rip into Sam Newman’s bizarre attire at Friday night’s NRL final.
Newman was seen celebrating Melbourne’s Storm victory over Cronulla in the home side’s change rooms, with the post-match commentary team taking aim at the media personality.
His upper-body would have fit in with the crowd, sporting a Storm jersey and a black scarf to brave Melbourne’s chilly weather.
But below the waist Newman showed off his legs, wearing shorts and a pair of loafers, causing James Bracey, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns and Johnathan Thurston to poke fun at the controversial AFL Footy Show host.
Sam Newman has been filmed wearing shorts and loafers after Melbourne’s NRL finals win at AAMI Park
‘Mate, look at those legs,’ Johns quipped during Channel Nine’s post-match coverage.
‘Look at the creepers on the shoes. Look at those things. Wouldn’t want to pop out of them.’
The team chose to ignore the black leather glove Newman was wearing.
The footage cut to Newman at around 11pm, when the weather in Melbourne was only 8C.
Ex-NRL player Andrew Johns (pictured) was quick to poke fun at Sam Newman for his attire
The NRL commentary team poked fun at the controversial AFL Footy Show host for wearing shorts in Melbourne when it was only 8C
Vautin chose to support his ex-coverage partner, telling the rest of the team that Newman would wear shorts in the middle of winter if he wanted to.
‘He doesn’t care because he’s a shorts man. He’s 72. He’s in great shape. He’s a lovely man.’
Vautin supported his mate, saying it had been a pleasure to work with him when the two crossed paths during Channel Nine’s Thursday night coverage of both the AFL and NRL Footy Shows.
‘I love him. He’s a champion. Seriously, he is one of the most watchable people on Australian television and has been for 25 years now.’
Controversial Footy Show host Sam Newman (third from left), 72, has quit the television program after 25 years, making the shock announcement during Thursday evening’s show
But on Thursday night’s AFL Footy Show, Newman revealed his 25th year could be his last on Australian television screens.
‘It’s opportune that I end my association with this show and the network on the off-chance that this is the final show that we do,’ Newman said.
The AFL Footy Show’s ratings have plummeted in 2018, competing with Channel Seven’s rival show The Front Bar.
During a nearly ten-minute-long monologue, Newman signed off with: ‘I want to thank you very much for putting up with me or enjoying me.’
Some fans took to social media to thank Sam Newman for his 25 years on the Footy Show
His co-host, Rebecca Maddern, posted a message of support for Newman after the show