MY SAY Well everyone seems to talking about this rugby league player, who has been busted on someone’s phone holding a dog by it’s ears and what appears to me having the dog lick his genitals. A moment of madness, I cannot fathom what the gag was if it was done as a “Prank”. I imagine that animal will be the last one to go there for many years to come that’s for sure…I am not sure if any crime was committed doing this, although now the police may be drawn into acting after all the outrage…Time will tell. I do kind of get the feeling, silly things like this, and worse, have happened when a bunch of guys get pissed and try and “One UP” each other in silly stunts, but this was going a bit far
UPDATE 12/11/10– after an amazing 30,000 views of the pic , and over 100,000 views of this page I have removed the offending photo for the sake of Joel’s “Innocent” family and young relatives, thanks for understanding
Canberra CEO Don Furner was dumbfounded and appalled by the image of Monaghan and a dog, which was posted on the social network site Twitter before Melbourne radio station SEN named the Raider yesterday morning.
“It is something he will live with for the rest of his life,” Furner said.
“It’s a big cross to bear for doing something stupid out on the drink.
“The perils of the media and social media today are a great example of why you shouldn’t do it
As the controversy escalated, the Raiders were forced to open an inquiry.
Monaghan’s agent Jim Banaghan released a statement last night on behalf of the player, who took full responsibility for his disgusting Mad Monday actions.
“Joel can’t blame anyone but himself for an act of stupidity that will haunt him for the rest of his life,” Banaghan said.
“Joel wants to make it clear that he was the one playing a prank on an absent teammate by simulating the act.
“There are no words of explanation that can be offered because none can be appropriate.
“Joel has to now face his family as well as fans and supporters with that shame and has already undergone counselling to help him cope with the consequences of what has happened.
“It was a moment of abject stupidity brought about by too much drink and a complete lack of any thought process.
“The fact that someone has sought to compound the situation further by the use of social media only adds to the trauma, but Joel accepts that it is his actions alone that are at fault.”
The picture is believed to have been taken by a high-profile Raiders first-grade player inside the home unit of one of his teammates.
Banaghan said Monaghan “apologises unreservedly for the outrage that people feel at the moment and blames nobody but himself”.
“He will meet the club over the issue and accepts that there must be ramifications, but the fact is he is not in a fit emotional state to have those discussions at the moment,” he said.
“Joel is a genuinely good person who is simply shattered by a moment of sheer madness.”
RSPCA representatives spoke with Furner before writing a letter to ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope – demanding any similar acts in the future be deemed illegal.
NRL boss David Gallop said he was shocked and appalled by the image and would closely monitor the Raiders’ response to the atrocity.