â€œThis has without doubt been the toughest 48 hours of our sporting lives.
â€œWe have been gutted with what has transpired in recent days. Our greatest accomplishments and what we cherish most have been taken away from us by the harshest of unprecedented penalties.
â€œThese guys behind me, they work their butts off, for 11 of the 12 months of the year, to be the best they can be on the football field.
â€œThe majority of them have been here since they were kids.
â€œThey spill blood for each other, for this club, for our members and supporters, for the development of rugby league in Victoria.
â€œThey do it to win premierships â€“ something we have been stripped of having any chance to do so this year.
â€œAnd they do it because they love to play for their teammates and the admiration they have for one another.
â€œWe truly feel for our members and supporters. They are the most loyal and dedicated of fans. They have stood by us through tough times before.
â€œWe again ask them to stand by us now.
â€œI want to thank the families of our players and staff for their unwavering support of everybody here at the club. We love you all.
â€œThe two things they can never take away are our dignity and our integrity.
â€œThat is why we welcome the full forensic investigation that is currently taking place at our club.
â€œWe know we will be investigated. We welcome that.
â€œI love this club. I love these players. These players love this club.
â€œThis is a great club. A strong club. A proud club. It has also been a successful club.
â€œThis is why we stand here today united, we are not going anywhere, this club will not surrender.
â€œWe, as people and as a rugby league club, have a big role to play in Victoria, which we are most proud of.
â€œWe will not walk away from that challenge.
â€œWe will stand up for ourselves and fight our way back from here. That fight starts today and on the field it will start tomorrow.
â€œThe ongoing investigation currently taking place at the club means we are unable to answer any further questions here today.
â€œThis is an ongoing process and one that may take time. And it is one that we welcome so we can start the rebuilding process.â€
Bellamy and Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will hold a press conference tomorrow night at the conclusion of Stormâ€™s round seven NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors at Etihad Stadium.