Over the past few years, Todd Carney has become a household name.
From his glorious fame and achievements on the NRL field with the Cronulla Sharks, Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders to his infamous fall from grace with the ‘bubbler’ incident, Carney’s name is often thrown around in conversation.
Despite having a successful NRL career – and winning the prestigious Dally M award in 2010 – it was a photo that surfaced in 2014 that truly tarnished his reputation.
Yes, that photo of him at a urinal, peeing into his mouth.
The incident saw him sacked from the Cronulla Sharks, with the club saying that the photograph of Todd “does not meet the values and standards the club is looking to uphold and take into the future”.
Five years on from the viral incident, Todd has released a book about about his life called ‘Hard Truth’. He spoke with Jonesy & Amanda this morning about the book, and the bubbler incident in particular, revealing his deep regret for his bad behaviour over the years.
“When the photo first came out, I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do. I just felt like running and hiding but I didn’t, I couldn’t, because the media was straight there, straight away,” Carney explained.
“Danny Weidler came straight over to Cronulla and we did the interview straight away. At the time, I didn’t think it was all gonna come crashing down.
“I packed up and went to France, and when I look back at it now, I wish I stayed and fought.
“I wish I actually sat down and dealt with it then, and then gave myself the best opportunity to bring the best player out in me instead of just packing up and leaving.”
Having moved on from the incident, Todd is now telling his side of the story.
“It’s about knowing your limits and knowing who you are, and I still say it now, I still wake up if I’ve had a drink, and go, ‘Oh sh*t!’
“Lucky I’ve done nothing wrong but it’s just… that I’ve done the wrong thing in the past and if I don’t really remember something, it’s like, have I stuffed that?
“When I was playing, that was every time I went out, because I was trying to numb everything that was going on outside of rugby league, and I was just enjoying that moment and then waking up and just, fingers crossed that nothing had happened.”