The Sydney Morning Herald has the intriguing news that Canberra’s most famous export Joel Monaghan is going to be protected from bestiality taunts, when he plays in the English Super League, under provisions made to protect homosexual players from homophobic abuse.
Smith acknowledges that opposition fans are eagerly awaiting their first glimpse of Monaghan. He is also aware that the Origin star will be subjected to a verbal barrage over his simulated sex act with a dog, but has backed the player and believes there is a precedent he can use to silence abusive fans.
Last June, Castleford Tigers were fined £40,000 ($64,000) after their supporters aimed homophobic abuse at Celtic Crusaders winger Gareth Thomas, who had revealed he was gay. And Smith is more than ready to demand that the league bosses do the same when Super League returns in February.
This whole episode has been a fascinating (if grimly depressing) insight into how some people tick.