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The Raiders respond to the Joel Monaghan scandal.

johnboy 16 November 2010 28

Raiders fans

Well ghast my flabber!

As the Joel Monaghan scandal exploded I did the decent thing and emailed the Raiders:

    from: John Griffiths
    to: reception@raiders.com.au
    date: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM
    subject: Joel Monaghan alleged picture and rumours

    Good morning,

    Do the Raiders have any comment to make about the rumours and alleged
    picture of Joel Monaghan from Mad Monday circulating?

    Regards,


    John Griffiths
    Editor: The-RiotACT
    http://the-riotact.com

To my surprise I received this reply this afternoon:

    from: Reception
    date: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Thank you for your letter regarding Joel Monaghan.

    As you can imagine the past week has been a difficult time for the Raiders club, as it has been for Joel, his family and his friends.

    In a situation like the one Joel and the Raiders have just gone through there are no winners and Joel has paid a high price for putting himself into a situation where he compromised himself and his club.

    Joel has done a lot of good in his time with the club and unfortunately he may be remembered by many for the wrong reasons. We hope in time this will not be the case and he can one day be welcomed back into the Canberra community.

    The Raiders endeavor to prepare our players for life on and off the football field by providing them with sound structure, discipline, setting goals and most importantly education.

    Unfortunately incidents like the one involving Joel do harm the reputation of the club, but we will continue to try and achieve the highest standards we can as a team and as a community leader.

    I do understand in these tough times supporters can become frustrated with the negative publicity their team is receiving and the behaviour of one of the teams players, but we urge you to stick with us and we will continue to educate and develop our players into the people we know they can be.

    Membership of the Raiders is about belonging to a club and supporting your team. Membership also enables you to provide feedback to your club about your team.

    Joel even said during his emotional resignation last week that he knows this team has the potential to win a competition and urged supporters to stick with the club even though he is departing.

    Please find attached a 2011 membership brochure. We hope you decide to join us as a team and help us work towards achieving success both on and off the field.

    Regards,

    Don Furner
    Raiders CEO

(The attached membership brochure is here)

Better late than never one supposes.


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2604 2604 11:12 pm 17 Nov 10

Skinbladnir @ #3- nice attempt at being condescending.

Personally I think it would’ve been more effective if half your post hadn’t been cribbed verbatim from Wikipedia. You might at least have had the decency to reference the equivalent list of AFL misdemeanours, which is about three times as long as the NRL one.

If only anyone of consequence were as outraged at Don Furner as professional RiotACTers like yourself.

2604 2604 11:00 pm 17 Nov 10

Primal said :

The 2011 Raiders jerseys have been released, and CFMEU has been replaced with The Tradies as front sponsor. Second casualty of Mad Monday?

(http://www.goodscore.com.au/images/pics/nrlclothing/raiders11/1.jpg)

The CFMEU owns the Tradies club.

olfella olfella 10:35 pm 17 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

Thumper said :

Indeed. And Monaghan saved them by falling on his sword.

I thought a dog fell on his sword.

I was of the understanding the dog fell on something else….

astrojax astrojax 4:34 pm 17 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

Thumper said :

Indeed. And Monaghan saved them by falling on his sword.

I thought a dog fell on his sword.

gold! one for the poolroom…

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 3:01 pm 17 Nov 10

Thumper said :

Indeed. And Monaghan saved them by falling on his sword.

I thought a dog fell on his sword.

Swaggie Swaggie 2:22 pm 17 Nov 10

I had a thought that Monaghan running on a field week in week out copping all the taunts and jokes from the Opposition players and fans would be a recurring reminder to everyone about the stupidity of an excess of alcohol. It’d probably be more of a deterrent to some people prone to alcohol abuse to see a star player humiliated on an ongoing basis than any amount of counselling ever would.

Shipping Carney off to Qld didnt do much good, the Media decided to deify him last season and his pissing on people was all but forgotton even after the stink of the Valium possession story. Sacking/ Releasing Monaghan will achieve nothing.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:23 am 17 Nov 10

Swaggie said :

Put yourself in Furner’s shoes and do enlighten us with the course of action you would have taken given the pressure from NRL, sponsors, Media and supporters.

Swaggie said :

Why will he be sacked? He’s an idiot and all his team mates egging him on were idiots. They’re rugby league players what do we expect?

aka: ‘Making excuses for rugby players is fine. They’re from a special class of people, afterall.’

But so long as NRL players keep being paid orders of magnitude more than normal people, while still having adults excuse their poor behaviour, they’re open to criticism.

Not replying for almost a fortnight to enquiries while you play to spin is just terrible form. Unfortunate? No fortune was involved, just intent and action.

Ian Ian 11:10 am 17 Nov 10

astrojax said :

i’d have expected little less from nrl-associated folk.

jb: do you have anything to say on the matter of one of your senior players f***ing a dog?

raiders:

well, we think it is unfortunate [u] that a photograph was taken which makes it all rather difficult to deny [/u] but come and join us, i have enclosed the relevant brochure.

no lessons articulated for misguided young’uns who still might think league is an option?

Corrected for accuracy.

astrojax astrojax 10:20 am 17 Nov 10

i’d have expected little less from nrl-associated folk.

jb: do you have anything to say on the matter of one of your senior players f***ing a dog?

raiders: well, we think it is unfortunate but come and join us, i have enclosed the relevant brochure.

no lessons articulated for misguided young’uns who still might think league is an option?

Thumper Thumper 10:11 am 17 Nov 10

What a load of crap. Their handling of it has been abysmal.

Indeed. And Monaghan saved them by falling on his sword.

Kudos to Monaghan for his actions, less so for Furner and Raiders management for their obfuscation.

Tooks Tooks 9:57 am 17 Nov 10

loosebrown said :

Don Furner and the Raiders have handled this terrible situation as well as can be expected.

What a load of crap. Their handling of it has been abysmal.

    johnboy johnboy 10:07 am 17 Nov 10

    They could have responded to our enquiry on the same day for a start. But they wanted to keep their channels closed to only friendly RL writers who’d already tried to help them bury the story.

Swaggie Swaggie 9:45 am 17 Nov 10

I’ve rarely read such a load of pompous self opinionated rubbish Skid.

Put yourself in Furner’s shoes and do enlighten us with the course of action you would have taken given the pressure from NRL, sponsors, Media and supporters.

merlin bodega merlin bodega 9:31 am 17 Nov 10

Who is looking after the dog? About now it needs a new home.

Please oh please don’t say its going to live with Victor!

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 9:19 am 17 Nov 10

Can I bring my dog to games now?

All in all, he’s not the best looking guy, and we all know how desperate a camel-balled young lad can get on the grog.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:19 am 17 Nov 10

Skidbladnir said :

published list of sponsors

List is actually here: http://www.raiders.com.au/default.aspx?s=sponsors-directory
For some reason the RA post has the linky text, but not the link itself.
(I swear it was there originally…)

loosebrown loosebrown 8:45 am 17 Nov 10

Don Furner and the Raiders have handled this terrible situation as well as can be expected.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 8:39 am 17 Nov 10

Skidbladnir: well put.

Primal Primal 8:11 am 17 Nov 10

The 2011 Raiders jerseys have been released, and CFMEU has been replaced with The Tradies as front sponsor. Second casualty of Mad Monday?

(http://www.goodscore.com.au/images/pics/nrlclothing/raiders11/1.jpg)

Davo111 Davo111 2:47 am 17 Nov 10

Sigh, its like these players need full-time minders to keep them out of trouble. Perhaps its time to have a complete sports-wide ban on alcohol, 365 days.

Deano Deano 11:29 pm 16 Nov 10

“The Raiders endeavour to prepare our players for life on and off the football field by providing them with sound structure, discipline, setting goals and most importantly education.”

Correct me if I’m mistaken, but don’t you need to be an adult to play professional rugby league.

“Unfortunately incidents like the one involving Joel do harm the reputation of the club”

What do you mean ‘unfortunately’? Incidents like the one involving Joel definitely should harm the reputation of the club. There is nothing unfortunate about it.

“but we will continue to try and achieve the highest standards we can as a team and as a community leader.”

Head. Wall. Bash.

“the behaviour of one of the teams players”

There were also 30 other people associated with the club at the house when the incident took place and Joel didn’t take the photo by himself. It’s all very convenient to blame the one individual who can be quickly dispatched out of the way.

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