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*That* Joel Monaghan picture.

johnboy 9 November 2010 271

[First filed: Nov 4, 2010 @ 12:24]

(For those coming in late, below is a rolling coverage as the story broke)

Sen.com.au is reporting on a revolting photograph, allegedly of a high profile Raiders player, circulating widely online.

The picture is being pushed particularly hard by a fake Wyatt Roy (the very young Liberal Member for Longman) Twitter feed.

RiotACT approached the Raiders this morning for comment and at this time have not heard back. We’ll update if we hear anything.

The Herald Sun is now on the story and the NRL is reportedly investigating.

UPDATED: With more details of the act circulating I’ve decided to remove the player’s name, but we can add that the picture involved an obscene act with a dog.

FURTHER UPDATE: There’s now quite a lot of national media on this. Still nothing from the Canberra Times.

AMAZING UPDATE: The Sydney Morning Herald is naming Joel Monaghan and Monaghan’s manager Jim Banaghan appears to be confirming the photo is not faked.

The photograph of Monaghan, a NSW and Australian representative, was allegedly taken during Canberra’s Mad Monday festivities.

“It’s very disappointing; he appears to have been subjected to a bit of tomfoolery by some teammates,” said Monaghan’s manager, Jim Banaghan.

“One of his teammates has taken a picture of it and it’s been passed around.

“I believe everyone involved is disappointed in what they have done.

*That* Joel Monaghan photo

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How do we stop now? On the basis that we must either cry or laugh, a friend has pointed out that Canberra’s greatest musical exports, the Doug Anthony All Stars, have just the NSFW song:

DAAS

RSPCA Comment: The RSPCA’s Michael Linke has made this comment:

Whilst it appears no laws have been broken, as CEO of RSPCA ACT I am disgusted at the image. Every day RSPCA works to improve the bond we have with our pets. The act degrades and shows complete disrespect for animals. This type of image violates the trust we receive from our pets and it is an act that should be made illegal in the ACT immediately.

Statement from Joel Monaghan:

This has been posted on League Unlimited:

Joel Monaghan has issued a statement through his manager Jim Banaghan today expressing both remorse and disgust at an alcohol fuelled prank that led to images being circulated across social networks today.

“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 today.

“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 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.

“He 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.

“Joel is a genuinely good person who is simply shattered by a moment of sheer madness.”

UPDATE: The Age’s video snippet has part of the picture in question.

TV Coverage

Here’s how WIN News lead their bulletin cute how they don’t mention the act but drag the RSPCA in:

And here’s the ABC take, which ran very late in the bulletin:

NRL response:

The NRL have now issued a statement:

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.”

Holy Crap!

If you don’t think a major football star caught with his old fella in a dog is big news check this out:

Visit graph

(the first big spike is Mully Williams, the second is the GDE collapse)

Joel, in all seriousness, I’d like to thank you for fessing up rather than suing everyone running it into the ground. I think you need to engage them old thought processes a bit more, but I’ll buy you a beer anytime for being a man about the whole regrettable situation.

While we’re here: Melbourne’s VexNews is running a somewhat tastefully blurred version of the photo while ending with:

We doubt even Brendan Fevola will be able to top this.

So there’s the photo:

Joel Monaghan and dog [Photo courtesy myfoxdw]

Given the level of public discussion we’ve decided to publish a heavily pixellated version of the photograph so everyone knows what’s being talked about.

This version comes from a TV channel in Dallas Texas which has currently got it as the number one news story on their site.

The rest of the world now thinks this is what Canberrans are like.

How to cover a dog sex scandal: The team on Deadspin have documented how they covered the story.

World media: As Canberra gains the wrong sort of reputation for being dog-lovers here’s a sample of international reporting:

He picked a good time for it: We’ve received the following comment from an ACT Government spokesperson on the bestiality laws:

The government had already identified a deficiency in the Crimes Act 1900 and the government agreed in September 2010 to re-establish the offence of bestiality. The offence was removed from the ACT statutes prior to self government.

Legislation to re-establish the offence of bestiality is currently being drafted by the government and it is planned to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly in December. If passed, the ACT law will be broader in its application than most other Australian jurisdictions, because any sexual activity between a person and an animal would be an offence under the Act.

Sponsor’s reaction: The Herald Sun reports that major sponsors are threatening to walk away from the club in droves:

The Daily Telegraph has learned at least four of the Raiders’ major sponsors have written letters to the club threatening to withdraw $1 million worth of revenue over the lewd photograph of Monaghan.

A number of other Raiders sponsors have also verbally threatened to resign from any association with the club as the fallout from rugby league’s latest black-eye reverberates.

Additionally NRL CEO David Gallop is apparently raring to bar Monaghan from playing in Australia but waiting to let the Raiders go first.

But as Ian has noted in the comments, they are now the most well known Rugby League club in the world.

The rise of Mount Monaghan:

Mount Monaghan

And a welcome to all the new readers. It’s not always like this around here, but we hope you enjoy your stay and come back.

They can’t wait for Monday: The ABC reports that the Raiders are trying to convene their board meeting as soon as possible to resolve the issue.

The return of Wyatt Roy: The SMH reports that Wyatt Roy, the fake twitter account of whom kicked this all off, is trying to take action. Calling in some lawyers and hitting Twitter with a subpoena for a defamation case would be a good start.

Not without friends VexNews is cheerily noting that the Greens elder and famous ethicist, Peter Singer, is not unequivocally opposed.

Hiding out: The SMH is pushing the “it was only simulated sex” line while revealing Mr. Monaghan is hiding out on the South Coast.

It’s not that bad? Peter FitzSimons is also going with a stupid but not evil defence.

Not buying it: In the Murdoch press Rebecca Wilson is not having a bar of the Monaghan apologists.

Doesn’t it make you proud? Canberra makes the Top Trending Topics show:

For ongoing reportage: Check out the Joel Monaghan tag.


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colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 1:24 pm 18 Nov 10

James-T-Kirk said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

He’s gone according to ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/09/3061373.htm?section=justin

So now the big question is whether the NRL or the Raiders are going to have the guts to take action against the players that actually committed an illegal act by recording and transmitting the act.

fat chance.

Given the ACT Governments inability to draft laws, are you *sure* that it is actually illegal to take and distribute the photo? Remember – The ACT is the porn capital of Australia!

Correct me if I’m wrong (especially if it takes another 28 posts) but, my understanding is that it would come under Federal law.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 12:21 pm 18 Nov 10

*bump* – We are very close to 300 comments — Lets try harder

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 9:41 am 16 Nov 10

For what it’s worth – I just spoke to a friend of mine who works for the AFP dealing with kiddie prrn, and they indicated that they didn’t believe it was illegal – Possibly we need to add that to the books as well.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 4:54 pm 15 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

He’s gone according to ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/09/3061373.htm?section=justin

So now the big question is whether the NRL or the Raiders are going to have the guts to take action against the players that actually committed an illegal act by recording and transmitting the act.

fat chance.

Given the ACT Governments inability to draft laws, are you *sure* that it is actually illegal to take and distribute the photo? Remember – The ACT is the porn capital of Australia!

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 3:23 pm 09 Nov 10

And Furner clearly does not get it

“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 has done a lot of good in this city.

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

a prank at a private house *sigh*

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 2:09 pm 09 Nov 10

He’s gone according to ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/09/3061373.htm?section=justin

So now the big question is whether the NRL or the Raiders are going to have the guts to take action against the players that actually committed an illegal act by recording and transmitting the act.

fat chance.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:57 am 09 Nov 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Pork Hunt said :

How is the poor bloke ever going to get a girlfriend to go down on him?

Dogs go wacko for schmackos!

Perhaps that should be ‘Wackos go for dog schmackos?’

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:11 pm 08 Nov 10

Pork Hunt said :

How is the poor bloke ever going to get a girlfriend to go down on him?

Dogs go wacko for schmackos!

Pandy Pandy 9:02 pm 08 Nov 10

And so many Facebook fan sites on Joel these days. Including ones showing that picture. Definitely he did it.

Thumper Thumper 5:56 pm 08 Nov 10

Having read a fair bit of Singer’s material, I was wondering how long it was before someone brought it up.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:48 pm 08 Nov 10

How is the poor bloke ever going to get a girlfriend to go down on him?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:39 pm 08 Nov 10

Jungle Jim said :

johnboy said :

He can probably get a season on the US talk shows.

Yeah, but who in their right mind (which I’ll assume he is, now) would…

Sounds like a Jerry Springer classic in the making…

“Baby, please forgive me, I didn’t mean to put my penis inside the dog’s mouth!”

Tooks Tooks 3:32 pm 08 Nov 10

johnboy said :

He can probably get a season on the US talk shows.

Isn’t Oprah coming to Aus soon? Could be an interesting guest…

Jungle Jim Jungle Jim 3:10 pm 08 Nov 10

johnboy said :

He can probably get a season on the US talk shows.

Yeah, but who in their right mind (which I’ll assume he is, now) would…

johnboy johnboy 2:54 pm 08 Nov 10

He can probably get a season on the US talk shows.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:40 pm 08 Nov 10

According to Google Trends, Joel Monaghan is responsible for the most recent surge of interest in dog sex, and also searches for the Canberra Raiders.
Joel Monaghan is apparently actually more popular than dog sex (for which he is now the posterchild, anyway).

In addition, Joel Monaghan is almost as popular as anal sex.
However, he is more newsworthy than anal sex, dog sex, and the Canberra Raiders combined.

That’s quite an achievement.

johnboy johnboy 2:17 pm 08 Nov 10

The spin out of raider land is that you can’t tell for sure if he’s got wood or if it’s actually in the dog’s mouth.

And without an x-ray or some sort of tonsil cam they’re right.

On the other hand anytime balls see daylight I reckon it’s not a simulation.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 2:15 pm 08 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

How on earth is it being portrayed as a ‘simulated’ sex act? It looked like a pretty real one to me.

It’s a missprint, it should read; “a stimulated sex act.”

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 2:00 pm 08 Nov 10

I am amazed that this thread didn%u2019t reach 250 posts%u2026

Bravo 😉

Ian Ian 1:59 pm 08 Nov 10

And in what I’m sure is purely coincidence, I received a letter from the RSPCA soliciting donations today.

Maybe not a coincidence – maybe they have recognised the need for an urgent campaign to tell people not to put their dick in a dog’s mouth.

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