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.
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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.