A shocking photo has emerged featuring Canberra Raiders and Australian rugby league star Joel Monaghan in a compromising position with a dog.
Monaghan is shown holding the dog by the ears, while the dog appears to be licking Monaghan’s genitals.
Monaghan, 28, described the incident as a “simulated act” meant to be a prank. “Joel can’t blame anyone but himself for an act of stupidity that will haunt him for the rest of his life,” manager Jim Banaghan said in a statement.
“Joel wants to make it clear that he was the one playing a prank on an absent team mate 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 counseling to help him cope with the consequences of what has happened.”
Raiders Chief Executive Officer Don Furner said an investigation was underway. “If he did it, it is something he will live with for the rest of his life,” Furner told a media conference.
The incident reportedly happened during the Raiders’ Mad Monday celebrations following their finals loss to Wests Tigers.
The NRL says it will await the outcome of the Raiders investigation.The photo was reportedly posted on the internet on Monday before being taken down by the Melbourne radio station that had put it online.
The action was too late with the image being re-posted through Twitter.
Banaghan attacked those who had sent the image through cyberspace.
“The fact that someone has sought to compound the situation further by the use of social media only adds to the trauma,” he said.
The NRL has issued a statement regarding Joel Monaghan:
The National Rugby League has today warned the Canberra club that it will closely monitor any disciplinary action taken against Raiders player Joel Monaghan.
NRL Chief Executive Mr David Gallop said that he was shocked and appalled at the image circulated of the player in the media today.
“We have a system of allowing clubs to take the initial action in relation to disciplinary issues as they are the employers and we will maintain that principle,” Mr Gallop said.
“The fact of the matter remains that in any circumstance this is an appalling incident and one that has offended everyone associated with the sport.
“It is important that the club deals with it appropriately and that it reports to the NRL as soon as possible on the outcomes.”
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