Bulldogs to investigate Mad Monday controversy

Staff Writers & AAP, Yahoo!7 October 2, 2012, 10:01 am
Bulldogs Mad Monday fun turns sour

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An investigation is underway at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs after a display of offensive behaviour during their Mad Monday celebrations.

Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg says the controversy will be looked into by the club.

"I spoke with the Ch 9 journalist [Jayne Azzopardi] today and apologised on behalf of the club. That's not how we do our business. Will follow up internally!!" Greenberg said on Twitter.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant was similarly disappointed after hearing about the incident.

"I've not seen the report, but based on what I've heard there's no doubt that this is potentially a serious issue," Grant said.

But he urged caution to those jumping to hasty conclusions, and calling for players to be sacked.

"I think you have to wait until we actually find out all the facts.

"The process that we'll now go through is for the club to determine what actually happened, for the club to prepare their own report.

"That will then come to us and we'll have a conversation with them about it."

Dressed in animated costumes and cradling various alcoholic beverages, the usual Mad Monday fun took an ugly turn when the gathered media captured an unidentified man from behind a window shouting sexist abuse at female reporters, News Ltd reports.

The audio and footage were aired on national television last night.

"There are some ladies here to stick their heads in your pants," the man is heard saying.

"Suck me off you dumb dog."

He then sang loudly, "I wanna go and punch you in the face."

Tapping away ashes from his cigarette, it is not known if the man was a player of the team, a staff member or friend.

But it was not the only foul behavior on show at Belmore Oval on the day.

Players were caught taking lewd pictures of one another, unashamedly urinating on the field, and team assistant Fred Ciraldo was also guilty of an expletive rant at cameramen trying to film players arriving in fancy dress.

Greenberg has been at the centre of the push to turn around the team's bad image, but efforts to make the Bulldogs known as a family club have taken a turn for the worse in recent days.

English import James Graham faces one of the most severe suspensions in rugby league history this week for allegedly biting Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater during Canterbury's loss in the NRL Grand Final. It's another sorry moment in Graham's career. Earlier this year the NRL was forced to ban the big front-rower's unsportsmanlike tactic of smothering vaseline on his legs, making it harder for opposition players to tackle him.

Bulldogs fans were also involved in a small riot with police officers as the Grand Final came to an end.

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  1. d10:01pm Thursday 04th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    another week- another episode of filthy, disgusting behaviour from supposed grown men who are supposed to be the best the NRL have airing on TV. Seems this has now spelt out why the AFL is making such inroads in NSW and QLD. No other sportsmen from any other sporting code in Australia display this much filthy childish behaviour on a weekly basis than RL players. Parents don't want their kids turning out like these muppets so they put their kids into other sports where they can grow up as real men and behave like them.

  2. Darren05:14pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a load of rubbish reporting. No reporter has put their name to any of these lies. Look at all you fools who believe it all. If there is anything wrong here , it is that people believe anything they read.

  3. mellie03:48pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What do you expect when you get a group of guys together fueled by alcohol. High profile footy players or the every day Joe Blo, it is still no reason to go over the top with inappropriate behaviour. Perhaps both the AFL and NRL need to review the Mad Monday goings on and do something about the appalling behaviour.

  4. ben03:35pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well surprise, surprise! The club's true colours shining through again. Wow, I almost thought for a minute that times had changed? Bulldogs will always be the grubiest club in the comp!

  5. Brad03:35pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rachel L, wtf are you smoking, are you telling me that you and your girlfriends have never sat around bagging blokes." Respect for men isn't about just doing it when other people and the media are looking. Its a 24/7 thing, 52 weeks of the year, year in year out." Yeah right haha. Who gives a rats..!

  6. N Reason03:34pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse


  7. PORKY PIG03:26pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    These people are suposed to be professional footballers... being paid buckets of money doesn't make them professional...They are little more than childish yobs...GROW UP!!!

  8. Rachel L03:17pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The NRLand players just don't get it and neither do the supporters by the looks of many of the comments here. Respect for women isn't about just doing it when other people and the media are looking. Its a 24/7 thing, 52 weeks of the year, year in year out. It's not an optional thing depending upon the situation and there are never any excuses that make it OK. Its unfortunate that there seem to be so many men who simply don't or won't accept that and feel that it's OK to say and do offensive things towards or even about women. Allowing it to happen just allows it to pass onto the next generation.

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  9. Greg03:03pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    They behave like this because society allows them to do so! Have just returned from Hong Kong where the respect the Asian communities have for each other and their visitors has to be seen to be believed. There is no grafitti, no louts, no pushing, shoving, no fighting, no drinking to excess in public. Australian governments, wake up to yourselves and change the laws so that the poor police can put these people away for a long time! IF THEY ARE AFRAID TO PLAY UP BECAUSE OF THE CONSEQUENCES GUESS WHAT THEY WON'T DO IT? ANYONE ELSE AGREE?

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  10. ricko02:57pm Tuesday 02nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    don't normally comment, but arn't they at a private function/?? and would anyone know about it, if the media didn't report it, and left the players alone. involve a lot of alcohol, after a full year of hard training, and what do they expect, sit around with their cups of teas, smiling for the cameras!!! and i'm sure i'm not that the only one that has wee'd on the grass, at a private party - again if the media were not standing on the fence trying to get these pictures, who would know! plus i'm a storm supporter! give them a break!

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