Well ghast my flabber!
As the Joel Monaghan scandal exploded I did the decent thing and emailed the Raiders:
- from: John Griffiths
date: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM
subject: Joel Monaghan alleged picture and rumours
Do the Raiders have any comment to make about the rumours and alleged
picture of Joel Monaghan from Mad Monday circulating?
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.
(The attached membership brochure is here)
Better late than never one supposes.