Saturday, 1 December 2007

Dastardly Deeds Down Under

News in from Australia, where a Western Force disciplinary committee heard last week that players Scott Fava and Richard Brown were seen drunk in public and were witnessed inappropriately man-handling quokkas.

What on earth, you may ask, is a quokka? That was certainly my initial reaction but, as ever, Wikipedia came to my rescue.

The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), it says, is a small macropod, about the size of a large domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the Quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.
So, with that established the next question has to be how exactly were these two miscreants "inappropriately man-handling" these small furry creatures?

Well, according to eye-witnesses on Rottnest Island, 12 miles off the coast of Perth, one player was seen slam-dunking milk crates to trap the protected species, while the other player was observed swinging one quokka by the tail and releasing it like a hammer-throw.

Comical as this mental picture may first appear, the players were quite rightly punished, Fava being fined 11,000 AUD and Brown 5,000 AUD, both payable to the Rottnest Island Conservation Foundation, and both were ordered to undertake seven days of community service.

Manhandling of a wholly different nature, meanwhile, has been alleged in South Africa against SA Rugby CEO, Johan Prinsloo, who is being accused of fondling a former male employee’s buttocks.

IT consultant Lindsey Williams, 29, has apparently filed the claim at the Cape High Court after Prinsloo was cleared of the charges at an internal disciplinary hearing. Prinsloo and SA Rugby are being sued for 400,000 Rand.

And we thought a referee dropping his shorts was a problem!

1 comment:

Nursedude said...

Wow...Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.