Raiders star caught in prank pic with dog [PHOTO]

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    Canberra Raiders and Australian rugby league star Joel Monaghan is under investigation after a photo emerged showing him in a compromising position with a dog.

    Monaghan described the incident as a “simulated act” meant to be a prank.

    “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 in a statement.

    “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.”

    Raiders Chief Executive Officer Don Furner said an investigation was underway.

    “If he did it, it is something he will live with for the rest of his life,” Furner told a media conference.

    “We don’t know whether it’s authentic but I am as appalled as everyone else.

    “If he did do it, I don’t know why he would do it.”

    The incident reportedly happened during the Raiders’ Mad Monday celebrations following their finals loss to Wests Tigers.

    The NRL says it will await the outcome of the Raiders investigation.

    The photo was reportedly posted on the internet on Monday before being taken down by the Melbourne radio station that had put it online.

    The action was too late with the image being re-posted through Twitter.

    Banaghan attacked those who had sent the image through cyberspace.

    “The fact that someone has sought to compound the situation further by the use of social media only adds to the trauma,” he said.

    Banaghan added Monaghan was not “in a fit state” emotionally following the release of the image and would not be able to immediately meet with the club.

    “He apologises unreservedly for the outrage that people feel at the moment and blames nobody but himself,” he said.

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

    Animal welfare groups were outraged, saying if the image was accurate it was very worrying.

    “The guy needs help,” an Animal Liberation ACT spokesman told AAP.

    Canberra’s RSPCA chief Michael Linke said the association was “disgusted and sickened”.

    “It is undignified and it’s completely disrespectful to an animal let alone a home pet,” he said.

    Mr Linke called on the territory’s Labor government to immediately introduce laws that would make the alleged behaviour illegal.

    “No laws have been broken and that’s the sad thing about this.”

    The Joel Monaghan Photo with Dog is below (warning: crude)
    Image in question

    © AAP 2018

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    • November 5th 2010 @ 6:24am
      this is vile said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:24am | ! Report

      I’m not about to look at pictures, but from other reports I’ve read it wasn’t “simulated”. There is something seriously sick about the NRL culture. People get in trouble, but I haven’t heard of any other professional sportsmen anywhere in the world plumbing the depths of depravity of the NRL with the consistency of offence as the NRL. If painting hotel rooms with excrement wasn’t enough, they have to turn to dog raping. What next, fascist pedophilia?

      • November 5th 2010 @ 11:17am
        Brendan said | November 5th 2010 @ 11:17am | ! Report

        It’s not exactly ground breaking… Sure it hasn’t been caught before in world sport but you can’t definitively say it hasn’t occurred. I’m not saying it’s OK, far from it. But this kind of act as disgusting as it may be is only morally wrong (don’t forget it’s not illegal in the ACT).
        I’m not sure how you judge this incident against other scandals in sport in the past but I would personally think murder and rape are worse. Do you think drugs/rape/theft/murder is a culture only attached to the NRL? By your generalised comments could I then say that AFL has a drug and rape culture based off this year’s actions? Could I say Union has a theft and violence issue?
        There are people out there that won’t think this is as vile as you do (I’m sure you’ll say they all live in NSW and are NRL supporters). It’s happened, its wrong. But life will go on and so will the NRL…

        • November 5th 2010 @ 2:22pm
          this is vile said | November 5th 2010 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

          Your apologia is symbolic of the cultural problems embedded in the NRL, and the atmosphere of denial in which it operates. As far as the future of the sport is concerned, I now have very serious doubts. This isn’t an isolated incident. The NRL appears to be trapped in a downward spiral collecting the trash and repulsing the good as it falls.

          • November 5th 2010 @ 2:42pm
            Brendan said | November 5th 2010 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

            I dont know what else but your opinion you have to back up those statements? The NRL has never been healthier! Its all doom and gloom for you isnt it. As they say haters gunna hate!

          • November 5th 2010 @ 6:12pm
            oikee said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

            Rugby league does more for humans from the lowest common denomator than you could do with Bill Gates money. Get a life .
            Brenden and clipper, i expect you to have a opinion on other sports stars that in your recogening, bring a code under question, Your like 2 unherd off muppets.
            Clipper, your borderline nieve, and Darwin Stubbie, i have only read the 1st 5 posts, but your just a bandwagoner. No substance to any comments so far.

            This is garbage, the whole post, we had a murder subject relating to rugby union about 2 month ago. Most people refrained from commenting, but this takes the cake.

            I will keep reading, but your over-reactions to a act of stupidity, and a guy ,who in the real world at a booze=up would be taken with a grain of salt is patheitc.

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              November 5th 2010 @ 6:18pm
              rugbyfuture said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

              bill gates is actually doing quite a lot for the third world….

              nonetheless the murder case in south africa is recognisable, but is far from the frame people who dislike rugby purvey in australia, this incident, and the numerous others are directly relative to the culture here.

              also, trying to be without bias, if i had a person do that to a dog at a booze up, i would report them to the police…

              • November 5th 2010 @ 6:25pm
                oikee said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

                Quick to respond Future. Look mate, it was unfortunate to be made public, i myself can see the harm it causes to his family and himself. Rugby league recently had the Death of Terry Newton on a charge of drug bans. This is a prank gone wrong. Your just in this for a
                green tick for rugby. You failed to make comment when your South African Union player killed a cop.
                Maybe yo me go head to head.

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                November 5th 2010 @ 6:44pm
                rugbyfuture said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

                as i said, and a point you obviously missed, this incident directly relates to the culture here.

                the south african, bees roux incident, although harmful to the code, is in direct confrontation with the culture that leagueys try to purvey as a reason for not following the code, choose one or the other. as i’ve said on another site, this is quite sickening, though i don’t pretend that this wouldn’t happen (maybe) if rugby was the more popular code, however all league players should be brutally aware by now not to get involved in this stuff, and it says something for the training or culture which is created within this sub culture.

            • November 6th 2010 @ 9:21am
              Darwin Stubbie said | November 6th 2010 @ 9:21am | ! Report

              Bandwagoner – open you’re eyes mate nowhere have I started in on your game – my response would be the same no matter what code he played – the blokes a grub and that’s it – if you’re making a case for his defence based on the fact he plays league you’ve got some serious issues

            • November 6th 2010 @ 9:35am
              clipper said | November 6th 2010 @ 9:35am | ! Report

              Oikee, Maybe I’m borderline nieve (although I don’t know what a clenched fist has got to do with it), but I know the difference between your and you’re. Of course things like this happen elsewhere, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

              • November 10th 2010 @ 3:16pm
                Rusty said | November 10th 2010 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

                Can you blokes learn how to spell “naive” please

            • November 23rd 2010 @ 5:21am
              jeremy said | November 23rd 2010 @ 5:21am | ! Report

              Oh the learned responses from internet league white knights dashing to their code’s rescue without doing any research first.

              Read this site: then please tell me how rugby league benefits people on this scale, then stop using a foundation which actually tries to help people as a counterpoint to the NRL, which lurches from crisis to crisis with the grace of a drunken elderly elephant missing half a leg.

        • November 5th 2010 @ 5:10pm
          clipper said | November 5th 2010 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

          If there are people out there who don’t think this is vile, I would truly question their moral compass – it’s on par with incest, and if it’s not illegal in the ACT, I’m sure it’s because of an oversight and maybe this will correct that situation. The NRL certainly does get their fair share of disturbing behaviour, maybe because of the culture, maybe the players, definately the booze.

          • November 5th 2010 @ 7:54pm
            Brendan said | November 5th 2010 @ 7:54pm | ! Report

            Well said clipper. I don’t think this should be taken lightly at all. He will pay a price for his actions for that you can be sure. The question of culture is too subjective and probably deserves a thread of its own.
            I have my opinion on lots of sports Oikee, everyone loves getting on their high horse given an opportunity (something you know well).

          • November 8th 2010 @ 8:12am
            InReality said | November 8th 2010 @ 8:12am | ! Report

            Clipper, a booze up does not include wine and cheeses… The bloke was simulating beastiality, I’ve seen much worse things at various booze-ups done to other people…

      • November 7th 2010 @ 8:04pm
        Mick said | November 7th 2010 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

        Dumm dubba durr. Why don’t you go look at a dog’s mouth and front teeth and engage your own grey matter? Of course it was simulated.

    • November 5th 2010 @ 6:44am
      DingoBob said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:44am | ! Report

      Unfortunately there are no laws against Stupidity but maybe there should be. As much as Joel is a good guy who has done plenty of work for charity I think it is about time the NRL made an example of someone and impose a life ban. The other players in the NRL need to realise there are consequences to their actions.

    • November 5th 2010 @ 7:07am
      Crosscoder said | November 5th 2010 @ 7:07am | ! Report

      Two words:sack him.No further comment necessary.

      • November 5th 2010 @ 9:28am
        Marcel Proust said | November 5th 2010 @ 9:28am | ! Report

        Everyone has the right to a fair trial.

        He’s dog himself into a hole. Now he must dog himself out of it.

      • November 5th 2010 @ 11:18am
        Brendan said | November 5th 2010 @ 11:18am | ! Report

        Agreed Crosscoder, the only possible solution.

    • November 5th 2010 @ 7:14am
      Darwin Stubbie said | November 5th 2010 @ 7:14am | ! Report

      Got to agree with the 1st 3 posters – sick stuff indeed and he’s got to go and an example made … and surely it’s now time to put a line through Mad Mondays across all codes … I just can’t work out how this practice is looked upon as being commonplace in 2010 … mind you I can’t work out the whole schoolies thing either – beggers belief really

      • November 5th 2010 @ 9:29am
        Marcel Proust said | November 5th 2010 @ 9:29am | ! Report

        What does “schoolies” mean ? Please explain.

        • November 5th 2010 @ 8:42pm
          anopinion said | November 5th 2010 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

          ‘Schoolies’ is the end of year drinking celebration for teenagers leaving high school for the last time. It lasts one week and is full of injuries, arrests and assaults.

    • November 5th 2010 @ 7:15am
      beowulf said | November 5th 2010 @ 7:15am | ! Report

      Still in shock! Having seen the image, its not simulation.

      Of course anything less than a 2 year ban from the NRL is unacceptable. The other concern for me is – who took and disseminated the image? They also should face the sack. What about any other team mates in the room??????? What did they do? It will all come out, otherwise all Raiders players are tarnished as accomplices.

      I suggest Monaghan has no choice but to shave his head, grow a beard and work in the mines in WA for 20 years. Feel sorry for his family….

      • November 5th 2010 @ 6:19pm
        oikee said | November 5th 2010 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

        Move to America i would suggest, good post Bewolf, common sense after reading the earlier posts. Monahan needs all the support he can muster. I see a noose somewhere.

    • November 5th 2010 @ 7:24am
      Max said | November 5th 2010 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      In Joel’s defence, I’ve heard the dog took advantage of him. Trust the malicious anti-league media to spin it the other way. You wait, it’s only a matter of time till they find evidence of rohypnol in Joel’s drink and trace it back to the dog.

      • November 5th 2010 @ 7:29am
        beowulf said | November 5th 2010 @ 7:29am | ! Report

        Another doggies rape case??!!! 🙂

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