Player behaviour has been in the spotlight this week following incidents involving Will Chambers on Queensland Origin duty, and Todd Carney with a lewd photo making it to social media.
While we shouldn’t condone bad behaviour when they are away from the football field, we tend to not report on the feel-good stories enough.
It was bought to my attention during the week where Carney was involved a good deed just recently.
A fundraiser was being organised for someone who is going through some pretty serious medical issues. Todd was more than happy to provide the fundraiser with an item to auction off. The item raised a good amount of money to help the person in need.
I’m not trying to portray Todd Carney as being an angel, but to highlight the work of rugby league players behind the scenes in giving back to the community and not being recognised for doing so by the media.
The Penrith Panthers club for example have Panthers on the Prowl program where the goal is to enhance opportunities of young people and their families to develop self-esteem and self-worth and to become positive contributors to the community and society as a whole.
As for Carney’s club Cronulla, they champion programs which are aimed at supporting charities, bridging cultural gaps and connecting with grassroots footy .
We are quick to dismiss the bad behaviours of guys like Carney, but not to report the good stories.
There’s good in every person – even Todd Carney.