Disgraced Canberra Raiders player Joel Monaghan has quit the NRL club after a photo of him in a lewd pose with a dog was released on the internet last week.
The Raiders board, which was due to meet today to decide the 28-year-old’s fate, has been cancelled, with Monaghan handing in his resignation.
He will front a press conference at 3pm AEDT.
It is understood Monaghan, who still had two years left on his Raiders contract, has phoned the club’s sponsors to apologise for his behaviour.
Monaghan still faces the prospect of being deregistered by the NRL.
And people barking at him for the rest of his life, dumb ass.
Monaghan’s agent Jim Banaghan released a statement last night on behalf of the player, who took full responsibility for his disgusting Mad Monday actions.
“Joel can’t blame anyone but himself for an act of stupidity that will haunt him for the rest of his life,” Banaghan said.
“Joel wants to make it clear that he was the one playing a prank on an absent teammate 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.
“It was a moment of abject stupidity brought about by too much drink and a complete lack of any thought process.
“The fact that someone has sought to compound the situation further by the use of social media only adds to the trauma, but Joel accepts that it is his actions alone that are at fault.”
The picture is believed to have been taken by a high-profile Raiders first-grade player inside the home unit of one of his teammates.
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Banaghan said Monaghan “apologises unreservedly for the outrage that people feel at the moment and blames nobody but himself”.
“He will meet the club over the issue and accepts that there must be ramifications, but the fact is he is not in a fit emotional state to have those discussions at the moment,” he said.
“Joel is a genuinely good person who is simply shattered by a moment of sheer madness.”
RSPCA representatives spoke with Furner before writing a letter to ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope – which was obtained by The Daily Telegraph – demanding any similar acts in the future be deemed illegal.
NRL boss David Gallop said he was shocked and appalled by the image and would closely monitor the Raiders’ response to the atrocity.
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CANBERRA representative star Joel Monaghan faces the sack after admitting to a simulated sex act with a teammate’s dog that was photographed and posted on Twitter.