It was probably something any NRL fan saw coming and it has now been confirmed, with the Cronulla Sharks officially sacking Todd Carney.
His contract was terminated effectively immediately, after a lewd photo of him appeared performing a disturbing action and in order to maintain the club’s values and morals, they felt it was best to sack him.
The decision is one that will change the shape of the Sharks season, as they will now have to rely on the exuberance of young players to guide them away from wooden spoon contention.
The Sharks statement read:
“The Cronulla Shark Football Club has today after careful consideration and lengthy deliberation, including discussions with senior NRL management, made a decision to terminate Todd Carneyâ€™s NRL playing contract effective immediately.
At the Sharks we are committed to building a successful club, a club with strong values and a club which sets and respects high standards in all aspects of its operations and activities.
When Todd was first signed to the Sharks he was made well aware of his responsibilities both on and off the field, to himself, the club and to the game in general, however the photograph that appeared last night on social media does not meet the values and standards the club is looking to uphold and take into the future.
As with any difficult decision, whilst you canâ€™t change the past, it is important to put measures in place that can deliver positive outcomes both in the present and into the future.
The club and the NRL will be committed to working with Todd, his family and his management in implementing appropriate counseling and support, with the start of this process to begin tonight.”
Do you agree with the Sharks decision? What is Carney’s next move?