Outrage as footy players don Williams blackface
A FORTNIGHT ago the Canterbury Bulldogs left jaws on floors as they drowned their sorrows following a disappointing 2018 season. The players were filmed and photographed naked while in the beer garden of Sydney pub The Harbour View Hotel.
But they may have just been trumped.
Three Tasmanian footy stars have put themselves well and truly in the firing line after wearing blackface at their club's Mad Monday shindig.
One of the players, Beau Grundy, posted a photo of himself and two teammates dressed up as tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams and Kenyan-born Swans defender Aliir Aliir. The photo was uploaded on a Mad Monday group on Facebook where club footballers around the country share their end of season costumes.
"William(s) sisters and Aliir Aliir," Mr Grundy posted before uploading the photo as his profile picture.
The post came days after Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight was scrutinised internationally for a "racist" cartoon of Serena Williams following her shocking US Open outburst during her loss to Naomi Osaka.
It has been a particularly scandalous end to the year for Australian footy clubs as the South Sydney Rabbitohs find themselves in the middle of a sexting scandal while the Bulldogs deal with the fallout to their public gaffe.
The latest off-field mess came a day after fresh details of the Canterbury stars' alcohol-fuelled Mad Monday antics emerged.
Players reportedly put their genitals in drinking glasses as they ran amok around the pub, The Daily Telegraph reported in a column.
Sources close to the investigation confirmed reports that the CCTV footage shows some Bulldogs players putting their penises in drinking glasses as well as grabbing each other's genitals.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg was reportedly fuming after watching the footage. Bulldogs officials are apparently in damage control, as they aim to keep the footage from being leaked.
Coach Dean Pay is expected to be in charge of the team next season, despite being reprimanded for his role in the celebrations at the Harbour View Hotel.
The club was fined a whopping $250,000 fine, which it did not appeal.
Players Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine, who were charged by police with wilful and obscene exposure, were fined $25,000 each ($10,000 suspended) by the club.
Marcelo Montoya $10,000 ($5000 suspended) and Zac Woolford $10,000 ($5000 suspended) were also sanctioned by the Bulldogs.