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Todd Carney’s open letter

By johnboy 3 August 2008 53

Todd Carney has chosen to speak directly to you. This is the original of his open letter.

The text reads:

    “The purpose of this letter is to clarify some things to fans of the Canberra Raiders, Rugby League fans and the public in general.

    I feel I need to tell my side of the story regarding an incident at a Canberra pub on Sunday 20th July, after our win over the Roosters. It has been well documented that I was drunk and that an incident did occur in the toilets.

    I am extremely sorry for the incident which occurred, however I believe the details of that night have not been reported accurately. I was not running around (as some would have you believe) urinating on patrons in the bar. The person involved was drinking in our group and whilst yahooing in the toilets, things got out of hand. The line between good fun and inappropriate behaviour was crossed.

    It was not my intention to degrade or offend anyone and I have apologised to the fellow concerned. I am regretful of the incident and the ensuing media circus and am embarrassed at the unwanted focus on myself and the Club.

    Since this, I feel that ‘every man and his dog’ has a “Todd Carney” story. My primary school sweetheart has emailed the Club and the media about the time I pulled her piggy tails! Not really, but it feels like an old fashioned witch hunt.

    Look, I am not an angel – far from it. I am a 22-year-old; I love my footy and having a good time. I am the first to admit that I have had some issues off the field – just Google me! I am also very aware that I have had some problems when drinking alcohol. I do not have an alcohol problem in needing to drink all the time or anything like that; more a problem with not handling myself in a proper manner on occasion when on the drink. I am addressing this issue to avoid future incidents.

    Furthermore, whilst there have been some things I’m not proud off in the past, I don’t get around barking at women or deliberately trying to antagonise people, contrary to some media reports. I also try to do my bit with promos, autographs and appearances in the Community etc.

    In regard to the Canberra Raiders, I love the Club. I have played with them since I was 12 years old and recently knocked back a number of big money deals from other NRL clubs and overseas to sign a four year deal with the club. On the whole, the Club has been very supportive of me throughout my career and helping with issues in the past.

    However, I must say that I am disappointed with the way that this incident has been handled. I have read reports about my teammates having input into my punishment and I have not even been given the opportunity to address them or the coaching staff on my issues.

    I was not present or invited to discuss the allegations with the Board, I was just handed a punishment through my Manager.

    I am still committed to the Raiders, however I am appealing the process of these events in the hope that I can be back on the field in the lime green as soon as possible, if the Club allows it.

    If my actions have caused hurt or embarrassment to my fans, family and friends as well as the Club, I am truly sorry.

    Todd Carney


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sepi 8:28 pm 04 Aug 08

“I am also very aware that I have had some problems when drinking alcohol. I do not have an alcohol problem in needing to drink all the time or anything like that; more a problem with not handling myself in a proper manner on occasion when on the drink. I am addressing this issue to avoid future incidents.”

Well he didn’t actually promise never to drink again. But he isn’t doing a very good job of ‘addressing the issue to avoid future incidents’ by getting kicked out of a pub the next day!

He must have no friends or they would have got him out of there before he got kicked out. Or maybe he is just uncontrollable after a couple of drinks.

BerraBoy68 8:02 pm 04 Aug 08

Contrast said :

To truly know a man, you must walk a hundred miles in his shoes.

And when you finally get to know him you’ll be a hundred mile away AND have his shoes…

Doctor Evil 6:54 pm 04 Aug 08

hehe

even as the ink was still drying on Toddy’s apology in the Sunday budgie’s basement, guess which raiders star and entourage were busy getting thrown out of the Goulburn Workers?

Granny 6:40 pm 04 Aug 08

Mick said :

There’s nothing wrong with team spirit and support.

Team spirit has to first come from within the team.

johnboy 5:55 pm 04 Aug 08

How could Local Licqor object?

VicePope 5:53 pm 04 Aug 08

Sports administrators listen to sponsors before they engage their minds (a Sydney RU team apparently considered signing John Hopoate immediately after the sticky date finger incident – it was reportedly the sponsors who said they didn’t want to be associated with him). I wonder if any of the Raiders sponsors have been asked or if they have made their views public? I suppose for them the question is whether they wish their brands to be associated with someone like Mr Carney.

sepi 5:43 pm 04 Aug 08

TV news just said that the NRL has told Todd Carney he will be expelled from the NRL unless he accepts the Raiders’ conditions.

AngryHenry 12:11 pm 04 Aug 08

I’ll start showing empathy when league players start behaving like human beings.

Mick 11:50 am 04 Aug 08

Which is why all team sports die in Canberra I’m afraid.

We are fickle/unloyal/apathetic.

So, we get an A-League Team and when they lose a few it’ll be taken off us.

There’s nothing wrong with team spirit and support.

Granny 11:49 am 04 Aug 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

I think is shows the Canberra public are not so desperately pathetic in their idolisation of sports players. I like that.

Seconded.

Carried.

I think is shows the Canberra public are not so desperately pathetic in their idolisation of sports players. I like that.

Seconded.

johnboy 11:28 am 04 Aug 08

Mick said :

You know, Andrew Johns (according to his book) had many incidents occur in Newcastle during his days, but the public stood by him and a lot of it wasn’t revealed.

Too bad that Carney hasn’t endeared himself to the Canberra public so closely.

1) Todd Carney is not (yet) in Andrew Johns’ league

2) I think is shows the Canberra public are not so desperately pathetic in their idolisation of sports players. I like that.

Contrast – there’s a difference between feeling empathy and whether or not someone should be punished. I’m sure he’s sorry now he has all this negative publicity, and may even feel a bit bad. But one of the biggest problems modern western society has is that noone thinks they need to take responsibility for their actions. C’mon, Carney clearly didn’t write that letter himself, and trying to pretend to be a victim in all this is laughable. And whether or not someone else has done something stupid in no way excuses his behaviour, as you seem to imply.

As such, I think he should face some real consequences.

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