Australia swim stars D'Arcy and Monk in hot water after posing with guns

Yahoo!7 June 7, 2012, 6:21 pm

Two of Australia's Olympic swimming stars are in trouble again after posting a picture of themselves posing in a gun shop in America.

Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk uploaded a photo of themselves posing with a pistol and shotgun to Facebook and Twitter while in the US for a swim meet.

However, Swimming Australia ordered the swimmers to remove the pictures from the social networking sites.

"Swimming Australia became aware of inappropriate photos posted on athletes' Facebook pages and Twitter accounts this morning, and instantly contacted the athletes involved to ask for them to be removed under Swimming Australia's Social Media Guidelines," the organisation said in a statement.

"The photos have been removed. Swimming Australia does not condone the posting of inappropriate content on Facebook, Twitter or any social media platform, and this is a timely reminder for athletes to be more responsible to themselves, the public with whom they engage through social media, and the reputation of the sport."

Both athletes have been involved in controversy before.

D'Arcy missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Rome world championships after being charged and eventually convicted of assaulting former swimmer Simon Cowley in a Sydney bar in 2008.

Monk broke two bones in his elbow in October and claimed he was the victim of a hit-and-run - before admitting he actually injured himself in a skateboarding accident.

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  1. Graham04:00pm Saturday 09th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    As for those of you who think Darcy is a thug. Yes he may have been convicted for it, but any bloke would punch another bloke in the mouth for being a big mouthed smartass. People seem to think they can get away with making rude harsh comments to/about people and expect no ramification. Maybe we should all remember an old saying...... "If don't have some thing nice to say, say nothing at all"

  2. Graham03:56pm Saturday 09th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It would be a gross over reaction to drop these two boys from the squad. Swimming Australia seems to be run by a groups of nannies who want all their children to be good litle children. We we all live in the real world. I am not offened by this photo, not do I think it has bought them or the team in disrepute. So get over it and let them get on with winning gold medals for Australia.

  3. Greg08:44am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What happened to the Australia where there used to be freedom of speech and expression? Unless they're interfering with others, and they're not, mind your own business. The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. - Tacitus, Roman Senator AD56-AD117

  4. Glenn04:36am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I love slow News Days

  5. John04:24am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Grow up.Finding harm where there is no harm is what got Australia into the mess of no respect and moral standards it is currently in.Do gooders take a bow what a bloody mess you have made.

  6. Gor04:18am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think it's stupid for Swimming Australia to deem this an inappropriate picture since it was a perfectly legal thing for them to do in America. They should have no right to make the guys take it down. Having said that, Pan H you can kiss my butt! I love my country, no matter if it has overbearing firearm laws or not. America has some REALLY stupid laws of its own so why don't you point that accusing finger at your own country first. Btw, it's spelt AUSTRALIANS.

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  7. LOL02:45am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Whose team are you on??? Bagging all and sundry!

  8. Greg D02:39am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dumb & Dumber! Two guys posing with guns - maybe OK. Two proven morons posing with guns - not an image I want associated with my country.

  9. pan h02:37am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You Asstrailians are the SILLIEST bunch of people. But then again, YOU people approve of the way your government rapes your rights, so what do I care? If any of you get smart, and want to get the hell out of that silly country, write me back, and we'll go to the nearest shooting range.

  10. Foxy B02:19am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Right, so it's OK for our Australian Soldiers to post photos of themselves in uniform with guns... oh hell, it's even ok that they go off to war and actually shoot at people! But this photo is not OK, because it makes Swimming Australia look bad??? Wow - we really do have our ethics all messed up. I am NO advocate for guns or war and think the photo is indeed of poor taste, but this is just ridiculous to say the least.

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