Paul Gallen says he's disappointed that Mark Hunt queried whether he was taking steroids ahead of their fight, then leaked a private conversation.
UFC legend Hunt fired a text message to Gallen after is became clear that the former NSW Origin captain would still fight despite tearing a bicep in training.
Obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald, the text began: "Hey Bruv are you taking steroids for your torn bicep or to fight…"
Hunt went on to say that he would not fight Gallen if he was using steroids for rehab. Gallen responded with a vehement denial.
"Mate I've never taken steroids," the text began.
As Cronulla Sharks captain and their highest-profile player, Gallen became the face of the club's 2011 peptides scandal.
"I'm surprised and disappointed that Mark Hunt would reveal a personal conversation," Gallen told the Herald.
"We've broken bread and sat down plenty of times and I don't think he should have gone there. Me and Mark have had some pretty in-depth conversations, he may have forgotten what some of those are about.
"It's frustrating that after 10 years I'm still the only one having to answer questions [regarding the peptides scandal] or be linked to this. No other player is and no other official even has a mark against their name."
Hunt has been an outspoken opponent of performance-enhancing drugs, having fought multiple doping cheats during his MMA career.
The 'Super Samoan' has an ongoing lawsuit against the UFC related to match-ups against fighters later found to have been doping.
Gallen has always maintained that he was an unwitting part of Cronulla's peptides scandal.