Rugby league responds: I’m not racist
In a startling and unprovoked piece of scapegoating, rugby league suit Geoff Carr telephoned Qld Origin star Greg Inglis this weekend to apologise “on behalf of the game” for the Andrew Johns racial slur
But the game itself has lashed back at Mr Carr for implicating it in the latest Johns brothers misdemeanour.
“Nope. Nuh-uh. No way known should anyone have apologised on my behalf,” the 13-a-side code told this website this week.
“To suggest that I am in any way connected to Andrew Johns’ wildly inappropriate gee-up speech is as insulting as it is plain wrong,” the nation’s second most popular oval ball sport added.
In recent years, rugby league has been embroiled in a litany of scandals involving, well, pretty much everything. Yet the game which, when you think about it, could have put the league in beleaguered, continues to distance itself from the hotheads and lunatics who play it.
“Let’s get one thing straight, I’m not saying I’m perfect,” the more popular of the two rugby codes said. “The Melbourne Storm debacle is proof of that. And don’t even get me started on the issue of Phil Gould’s popularity. Beats me, too.
“All I’m trying to say is that I’m a simple game. Maybe not a game which Victorians liked until their cheating team was stripped of its premierships, but a game which is enjoyed by millions in Australia’s two most populous states. Well, on television anyway.”
“As a simple game, it’s natural that I attract some simple people into my midst. Believe me, I’ve tried to clean up my image, but it’s hardly my fault if serial idiots like the Johns boys keep tarnishing me with their brush.
“To blame me for Greg bird glassing his girlfriend, or Matt Johns indulging in group sex with a vulnerable young woman, or Andrew Johns insulting every race bar the third at Randwick, well, it’s just wrong.
“It makes about as much sense as blaming the NSW government for the ministers who keep running amok and making total idiots of themselves.
“Wait, let me rephrase that.”
Rugby League was initially unwilling to give a tip on tomorrow’s State of Origin match in Brisbane, predicting only that it would be the winner on the night. When pressed, however, it stated that things had gotten so dire for NSW, he was convinced they would win. “Take me as an example,” rugby league said. “Push me over and I get up again. Slam me and I rebound even stronger. I tip the Blues to do likewise.”
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