29 Jun 2014

NRL could come down hard on carney after another off-field incident

5:56 pm on 29 June 2014

The National Rugby League say they won't hesitate in coming down hard on Todd Carney if justified, with the Cronulla five-eighth again in the spotlight for an alcohol-related incident.

As rugby league immortal Andrew Johns defended Carney after a disturbing photo of the troubled NRL star was posted on social media, NRL head of football Todd Greenberg says the game's governing body isn't "jumping to conclusions" on the matter.

The 2010 Dally M Medallist could face the sack from the Sharks and be charged with bringing the game into disrepute and Greenberg says the NRL won't shirk from taking a tough stance on Carney, who has a string of off-field incidents to his name, once the facts were known.

The image published on Twitter on Saturday night shows Carney standing at a urinal and he appears to be engaged in an unsavoury act.

It's the latest incident in Carney's colourful career which has been marred by alcohol-related issues.

The former NSW representative was banned from playing in the NRL in 2009 due to repeated alcohol-related incidents when he was at Canberra.

Carney joined Cronulla in 2012 after being sacked by the Sydney Roosters for breaking a club-issued alcohol ban in 2011.