Joel Monaghan quits over dog prank disgrace


Joel Monaghan quits scroll for video of apology

Obviously packing some heat in this one ... Joel Monaghan all dressed up for the afternoon of drinking

JOEL Monaghan has quit the Raiders over his lewd photo scandal, with the emotional centre struggling through a press conference today.

Flanked by teammates, officials and his mother and father, Monaghan broke down as he read a prepared statement.

He tried time and again to finish the press conference but was simply too emotional, with manager Jim Banaghan finishing on his player’s behalf.

Monaghan walked away from the NRL after being photographed simulating a lewd act with a dog.

“I don’t want to damage this great club anymore because of this stupid prank, ” Monaghan said.

Monaghan was heard to mumble “this is torture” under his breath as he fought back tears.

“There are no hard feelings or grudges towards anyone else,” he said.

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“They’re my actions and I’m totally responsible.

“I’ll have to handle the jokes and taunts which is understandable, but the players shouldn’t have to put up with pressure that my ongoing presence will bring.

“Alcohol is no excuse. I’d love more than anything to take it back but I can’t.” The decision came after a meeting with club CEO Don Furner this morning.

Furner told the press conference that Monaghan – who will seek a start in the English Super League next season – would one day return to play at the club.

“Joel is welcome back at this club and I hope he does come back one day,” Furner said.

“I hope he is welcome back in Canberra because he’s done a lot of good in this city.

“He’s had to pay a very high price for a party prank at somebody’s house.”

With Monaghan’s exit confirmed, Furner denied there would be a witchhunt to find those responsible for putting the lewd photograph in the public domain.

“I can assure everybody here that we don’t know who took the photo, if it was one of our players,” Furner said.

“There’s no way in the world that they would want this to happen to Joel, there’s no way in the world that one of our players would have uploaded this onto a website and wanted this to happen to Joel.”

David Gallop later released a statement on behalf of the NRL describing the events that led to Monaghan’s resignation as a sad affair for all concerned.

“Joel has today paid a heavy price in standing down from the Raiders and I think people are entitled to acknowledge both his contrition and the way he has handled things over the last couple of days,” Gallop said.

“It is a poignant reminder though that people need to think before they act, even when it is seemingly done in jest.

“In light of the decisions Joel has taken there does not appear to be a need for further action from the NRL.

“No doubt there will be others thinking of the extra pain they have caused through social media and they will have to wrestle with that outcome, albeit it is difficult to pursue any action in relation to them.

“It is too early to start talking about when Joel could return to the NRL competition, that is something we would address at a later time.”



13 thoughts on “Joel Monaghan quits over dog prank disgrace

  1. More like jump before he was pushed…and only then because the sponsors threatened to walk. These guys are so out of touch, it’s unbelievable.

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  2. What I don’t get is the “Go to England for a year” etc. Does he think he will go there and they will not know about this? Or the folks there are ok with it? Then come back here and he will be a new man. he would be very highly paid in England so he is not losing out in that area.

    I don’t know his family or financial position. Shame that this is what he will be remembered for really

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  4. I would suggest you remove this article as no criminal act was committed. Putting this article here is defamation. Therefore if this is not removed legal proceedings will commence.

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    • Hello Andrew Cagney, you can forget about me and anyone else removing this story.This is a blog about things on the internet, so with all respect, do not threaten me, it is not defaming it is fact, so go nick off if you don’t like reading publicly available home truths

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      • Robbo perhaps I can rephrase this… I am related to Joel and having to see my wife and his family go through this has been very difficult. Being that this site is for criminals and worse I don’t believe this belongs here. He made a mistake as do we all. But no crime was committed. It was simulated so no person or animal was hurt. Yes I know it was prank done in poor taste. But he has paid a large price for this. He is a good kid that has done a lot of good for a lot of people. Surely there is enough places for people to make comment without it being placed on a criminal page. Out of respect I am asking for it to be removed from this particular webpage as he is not a criminal. It is hard enough that he and his family have had to read comments from people who don’t know the full story. Joel took sole responsibility, the only one that has. I am proud to be related and again ask that it be removed from this particular site as it should be dedicated to true criminals! Thanks

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        • After considerable thought I have decided to remove the previous photos purely out of respect for Joels family and his young relatives.It is not something they need to go online and find.

          Regards
          Robbo
          (Owner and operator of Aussie Criminals)

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        • After considerable thought I have decided to remove the previous photos purely out of respect for Joels family and his young relatives.It is not something they need to go online and find.

          Regards
          Robbo
          (Owner and operater of Aussie Criminals)

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  5. Robbo,
    I appreciate you removing the photo after my husbands requests above, however, could you please remove the photo on the ouch link, as the photo is still there. Joel made a silly mistake and is suffering more than enough. Removing the photo from this site can help him and his family move forward. Thank you!, Simone

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