Todd Carney is a name that most sports fans in Australia would recognise, but sadly it’s not always due to his achievements on the field.
While Carney has played for numerous NRL teams and has even won the Dally M award in 2010, which is awarded to the player of the year in the league, his name is usually linked to his bad boy behaviour over the years – and one incident in particular.
The bubbler incident. For many people, this needs no explanation, but in case you’re unaware, Todd Carney went viral after a photo surfaced of him at a urinal in 2014, urinating into his mouth.
The incident saw him sacked from the Cronulla Sharks, with the club saying that the photograph of Todd “does not meet the values and standards the club is looking to uphold and take into the future”.
Five years on from the viral incident, Todd has released a book about about his life called ‘Hard Truth’. He spoke with the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning about the book and the bubbler incident in particular, telling us that he’s not proud of his bad behaviour over the years.
“Obviously we are role models to the kids that watch the game. I guess when you do things you’ve got to think about that,” Todd told us this morning. “There are things obviously I’ve done through my career that obviously I’m not proud of.”
“Are you talking about the bubbler thing?” Kyle asked.
Todd went on to explain what it was like waking up one morning to see the picture of him absolutely everywhere, while having absolutely no recollection of the incident himself.
“When I first woke up, when I first got sent the photo, I honestly didn’t remember it,” Todd told us. “Like plenty of times when I’d been out before, I woke up the next morning and was like, ‘What is this?’.
“Then I’m scaling through my phone trying to find when it was… I just back tracked to when it was and obviously told when it was, and never did I think that I would lose my career in Australia over it.”
Todd explained that he was shocked that one night, one picture, and one bad decision had caused him to lose a career that he had worked hard his entire life for.
However, he admitted that he had been given numerous chances to clean up his behaviour, and clearly this had been his last chance.
“Obviously I was bitter at the end, but obviously my time at Canberra there was a few things, obviously the drink driving stuff, that I did get chances for and warnings,” Todd explained.
“So at the end of the day that’s why part of the book, I wanted it out there to raise my hand and say I wasn’t the golden boy but I did do the wrong thing and I owned it now and moved on from it.”
Having moved on from the incident, Todd is not only telling his story but he’s also, pardon the pun, but taking the piss out of the incident a little, by teaming up for a cheeky new ad for Sportsbet.
In the ad, Todd is called ‘Whiz kid’ and he holds up the Sportsbet app, saying how easy it was to use.
“It’s a piece of piss,” he says in the ad next to a water feature statue of a man doing the bubbler.
He told us that he wasn’t sure about teaming up with Sportsbet to make fun of his scandal
“Sportsbet contacted me and I guess, for me, when they first asked me to do it, I had to have a bit of a think about it because I didn’t know how it would be perceived,” he said.
“Obviously there’s a bit of backlash from it, but at the end of the day it’s out there and I”m not proud of it but it’s five years ago. I’ve moved on.”