NRL star snatches a kid's lollipop out of his hand – but insists there's an innocent explanation

NRL star Brandon ‘The Cheese’ Smith snatches a young kid’s lollipop out of his hand before boarding a flight – but insists there’s an innocent explanation

  • Melbourne Storm player Brandon Smith caught on camera snatching a lollipop
  • Smith knew the young child holding the lollipop was the grandson of his coach
  • New Zealand star hooker Smith, known as ‘The Cheese’, is a renowned prankster

NRL star Brandon Smith has been busted on camera stealing a kid’s lollipop – but was quick to explain he was just clowning around.

The Melbourne Storm hooker, who is a renowned prankster, last week spotted a young child holding a lollipop moments before boarding a flight to Queensland.

Smith snatched the candy out of the shocked child’s hand, well aware the youngster was the grandson of his Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

NRL star Brandon Smith (pictured right) has been busted on camera stealing a lollipop from a child - before explaining it was a prank

NRL star Brandon Smith (pictured right) has been busted on camera stealing a lollipop from a child – before explaining it was a prank

NRL star Brandon Smith (pictured) was caught on camera pinching a kids lollipop

NRL star Brandon Smith (pictured) was caught on camera pinching a kids lollipop

The gag saw Smith ‘win’ Melbourne’s  ‘Goose of the Week’ award.

Speaking on Channel 9’s 100% Footy on Monday night, Smith told host James Bracey and the panel he acted on instinct.

‘I thought I’d get one up on Bellsa (Bellamy) so I stole his grandson’s lollipop,’ Smith, who is the nicknamed ‘The Cheese’, explained.

 ‘I didn’t know the camera was watching us. ‘When I stole the lollipop, he started crying.

‘Me and Bellsa (Bellamy) have (since) made up for it.’ 

New Zealand international Smith made his NRL debut for the Storm in 2017 and was in their grand final team the following season. 

He is jostling with fellow young gun Harry Grant to be the next Melbourne starting hooker once club legend Cameron Smith retires.

NRL player Brandon Smith (pictured bottom right) is a renowned prankster

NRL player Brandon Smith (pictured bottom right) is a renowned prankster

Brandon Smith (pictured right) has a cult following in the NRL for his on and off-field exploits

Brandon Smith (pictured right) has a cult following in the NRL for his on and off-field exploits

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