Pic: Aussie Rugby League player sacked after snap of him peeing into his own mouth goes viral
You can make your own taking the piss jokes...
As ways to get your P45 (no pun intended) being fired for pissing into your own mouth at a urinal has to be one of the most unusual. But that is the fate that befell Aussie Rugby League player Todd Carney yesterday.
His club, the Cronulla Sharks dismissed the player after this picture went viral on social media in Australia.
It appears to show Carney urinating into his own mouth at a urinal but the player's agent says he was set up.
"It’s a set-up, like when people stand in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa,” David Riolo told radio station 2UE
“Todd’s paid a very, very heavy price for a photo that he didn’t want out there or upload himself. It was supposed to be kept between mates," Riolo said.
Cronulla acted quickly to dismiss the player and the Sydney Morning Herald suggest that Carney had committed two other offences that breached the code of the club so this latest incident may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
"The Cronulla Shark Football Club has today after careful consideration and lengthy deliberation, including discussions with senior NRL management, made a decision to terminate Todd Carney's NRL playing contract effective immediately," read the statement issued by club chief executive Steve Noyce.
"When Todd was first signed to the Sharks he was made well aware of his responsibilities both on and off the field, to himself, the club and to the game in general, however the photograph that appeared last night on social media does not meet the values and standards the club is looking to uphold and take into the future.
"As with any difficult decision, whilst you cant change the past, it is important to put measures in place that can deliver positive outcomes both in the present and into the future.
"The club and the NRL will be committed to working with Todd, his family and his management in implementing appropriate counselling and support, with the start of this process to begin tonight."
Carney, and Australian international, has been sacked before, with Sydney dismissing him for breaking a club alcohol ban in 2011.