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Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react
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Aaron Smith has given a heartfelt apology following the latest New Zealand rugby off field scandal, which involved him and a lady – not his partner – engaged in an airport toilet tryst. Smith was sent home so will miss out on Saturday’s Test against the Springboks.

A statement was released by New Zealand Rugby indicating that Smith was stood down from the team to play South Africa following the incident, that happened on September 18th.

Smith and a woman reportedly entered a disabled toilet at Christchurch Airport, and while in there for 10 minutes, could be heard making noises that caught the attention of a family who were waiting outside. The husband decided to take pictures and film when Smith and the woman left.

They said that they were initially not going to report the incident, and the husband even thought it was ‘strange but kinda funny’, however his wife said that the more she thought about it, the angrier she became.

“I’ve never actually reported anything to a newspaper or anything. We don’t want to convey the fact that we’re narking or gossiping about his private life. It’s kinda beside the point.. However, the All Blacks are put on a pedestal and were role models for young Kiwis,” she said.

“As such, they should be held to a higher level of scrutiny. Most people would not do that, let alone a public figure,” she added.

Smith has returned to New Zealand to face a misconduct hearing, and perhaps more significantly, the wrath of his partner, who has asked the media to respect her privacy while they deal with this.

Smith spoke to the media, making a tearful apology. “I’ve made a huge mistake, a huge error in judgement. I’d firstly like to say a huge sorry to my partner Teagan, her family, my family.”

Smith, arguably the number one scrumhalf in world rugby, has had a number of misdemeanours in the last few years, one of which resulted in a previous relationship breaking down, and the other included a nude selfie being spread across the internet.

The New Zealand media have not held back in their reactions to the incident, as seen below.

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18 Comments

  • jonnyenglish
    2:09 PM 08/11/2016

    Agree with you completely here. And we all know Spear tackles are wrong. Just as Tana Umaga!

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  • jimmy23
    12:12 PM 11/10/2016

    @stroudos Apparently this happened the day after the South Africa game in Christchurch, so I will concede that this incident isn't as bad as I initially thought. My "JUST consensual sex" comment was more in response to the fact that the OP was suggesting this was a normal situation. I'm not saying she was forced and I'm sure this isn't the first time a pro rugby player has had a bit of fun with a fan/member of the public. However I'm guessing it's usually done in the privacy of their own homes, not in the disabled toilets of an airport. We can agree that the infidelity side of things is more of a private matter, but it still takes away the 'normality' of the situation. "only an issue if a disabled person is waiting outside." Which could have happened at any point he was in there. Any of us would look like a right dick if we prevented a disabled person from using the toilet because we decided to have a quickie in a facility they need. Smith is in the public eye and it was a dumb move on his part regardless of whether he got caught or not because it could have looked a lot worse. Unless if the girl he was with is the living embodiment of Venus, I don't think any bathroom quickie in a disabled toilet is worth the risk or shame of getting caught. Perhaps that's just my personal opinion though. I will agree that there wasn't a need for that woman to make this so public. If she was that desperate to report it to someone, then she should have told it to All Blacks management and let them deal with it privately. Unfortunately, people like her do exist and whilst Aaron Smith is a young guy, he's been in this position long enough to know better.

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  • drg
    8:46 AM 11/10/2016

    I guess because you're in an elevated position of power and with great power comes great responsibility >.< Football players appear to be the most horrendous group of athletes in the world... if Aaron Smith being outed makes him check his attitude, then it's all positive... But yes I agree with your examples above...

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  • drg
    8:43 AM 11/10/2016

    I'm not saying I'd view him as a great leader, I'm just saying who knows if he has the potential to be one when in position, but chances have been potentially destroyed because of his personal; nothing to do with running a country, comments... Aaron Smith, no doubt a fantastic player, but his personal, nothing to do with rugby actions, have landed him in hot water....and rightly so imo... but I do understand if it's not shared by others...

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  • stroudos
    7:36 AM 11/10/2016

    OK take Trump. No really, take him... The bloke has been a famous womaniser and philanderer for decades. Which is fair enough when you're a wealthy businessman - apparently they're not expected to be moral role models. But now he's trying to attract votes from a section of society made up of puritanical, self-righteous nutjobs. So, in order to do his job, he has to espouse those people's values. In fact, I reckon those people are such hypocrites that they won't care about the tape, and will declare it another great example of Trump brilliantly "telling it like it is". By the way, "[Trump] might have been a fantastic leader"??? I'd ask for some of what you're smoking, but it seems you've had the lot!

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  • drg
    12:37 AM 11/10/2016

    Of course one would have to be a bit one eyed to not look at attributes of many worldwide people rather than solely setting your sights on being Aaron, however he is a representative of the sport and the country... But again, you're in the public eye and I'm afraid you have to uphold basic morals.... If you can't deal with the pressure of simply behaving yourself then you shouldn't be in the public eye. Look at the latest controversy in the US presidential campaign with Trumps comments... Sure perhaps it's a wrong example, but his character is smudged (more so) as a result of those comments. He had a lot of followers based on his principles or the party direction who have since stopped backing him purely because of "locker room comments" - he might have been a fantastic leader but he may lose based on those comments. Smith might be a fantastic player but his off field antics reflect who he is, and maybe it doesn't look good on NZ to have someone like that representing them... To end, I guess we have a different views on this subject and although we agree that perhaps we may not use a player as a moral role model, we disagree that in his elevated position his actions should have repercussions...

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  • stroudos
    5:24 PM 10/10/2016

    If a vicar preaches every Sunday about monogamy and tries to tell everyone "thou must be faithful to the provider of thy nooky" (hat-tip to George Carlin there), then it transpires he's cheating on his wife, then that is of interest to his flock and arguably to the general public. Or, a more hilarious, real-life example: if you're a politician chairing a committee tasked with cracking down on prostitution and drugs, then it transpires that you've been paying people for sex and drugs, then that is going to be a matter of interest to your colleagues on that committee, your party leader and, to some degree, the general public. (Not to mention of course, your wife - (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/10/keith-vazs-wife-says-i-forgive-him/). If you're a professional rugby player who, as far as I'm aware, has never gone around telling other people how they should behave in their own private lives, then it transpires that you gave a woman a portion in an airport toilet, despite being in a relationship with another woman, well that really is a problem for your partner and you to sort out one way or another. I don't see how it's anyone else's business.

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  • stroudos
    5:12 PM 10/10/2016

    Come now DrG. What goes on tour stays on tour. Everyone knows that. This role model thing is such a flawed concept it just doesn't bear serious discussion. I'm fine with a sports star being a role model for people looking to make the most of their natural talent in that particular sport; or for people who want to see how hard work and dedication can improve the chances of excelling in that sport even without being blessed with such natural ability; or, perhaps, for people who want to know how to get fit and healthy through sport, or to enjoy playing a team sport. On the other hand, why on earth would I teach my kids to look to a sports star for guidance on moral issues, or apparently in this case how to remain faithful in a monogamous relationship? It simply makes no logical sense that being successful at playing rugby would automatically convey a responsibility for the moral guardianship of strangers.

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  • barkers
    3:34 PM 10/10/2016

    Bastareaud claimed he was assaulted in NZ then owned up to hitting his head on a table in his room after having too much to drink

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  • drg
    2:57 PM 10/10/2016

    Either we accept that rugby is 100% pro and we accept the wage increases followed by the football attitudes followed by the 1st instance they're celebrities, second instance they're rugby players, in which case we're allowed to scrutinise from our arm chairs as much as we want..... Or rugby turns into an amateur sport where the off field character of players doesn't matter a hoot... At the end of the day, like it or not he is a role model for youths, and his character will be scrutinised as a result. I think the point Jimmy was making was that it was a bigger deal than just a young couple having a one bathroom stand quickie.... Bastareud was criticised for his claim of racism in NZ. England rugby team and the midget tossing. Cipriani and the drink driving Cipriani and the transvestite Cipriani and the punch to the head Tuilagi and the ferry jump Tuilagi and the copper punch/shove/ etc whatever it was.... Professional people need professional attitudes and to be honest cheating on your missus is wrong and it looks bad on the entire team. "what do they get up to on tour?"

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  • stroudos
    11:39 AM 10/10/2016

    Jimmy, Usually agree with most of your comments, but not this one... "It wasn't JUST consensual sex though was it?" - well, either it was consensual or it wasn't, and I haven't heard anything about the woman being pressurised into it. If anything, I would probably infer from the fact she was up for rumpy-pumpy in the karzi so soon after meeting someone that she was a more-than-willing participant. "It was in the disabled toilets of an airport" - only an issue if a disabled person is waiting outside. "on the way to South Africa for a test match" - I'm not sure how much in advance of the match they travelled, but I imagine that he'd have had a bit of time to recover before the match. I remember David the Haymaker Haye saying he used to refrain from ejaculating at all, (ie not even one-man romps), for a month leading up to a fight, to keep his testosterone and rage as high as possible, but I think that is a bit extreme. For a scrumhalf, I'd guess one chief concern would be potential of groin injury. "and he cheated on his missus." Really a concern only for his missus and his own conscience isn't it? Unless his missus is the team doctor, physio, admin assistant or in some other way connected intimately with the team. That could be pretty disruptive. "Bit different." - very different from gouging and spear tackling, yes. It appears that the judgmental witch who grassed him up considers those things are acceptable behaviour for "role models for young Kiwis".

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  • drg
    11:19 AM 10/10/2016

    The thing with the poll is that it doesn't take into account his behaviour based on what he has, which is a partner.... Don't get me wrong if he was single then sure it would be a slap on the wrist for an overexcited young man who isn't behaving appropriately for an all black representative... However it's a hard push to say "oh just let him be" when he's cheated on a partner back home. I can say with 99% certainty that he's probably not the only all black to cheat (snigger), or pro rugby player to have played away! But in such an obvious manner in this day and age (when they're 'suoerstars')...

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  • barkers
    9:58 AM 07/10/2016

    He asked to go home, he wasn't sent home. It's pretty tough on the guy, he was only using her as a step so he could reach the taps

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  • drg
    1:03 AM 07/10/2016

    I've checked his twitter and I see no apology... blatantly he doesn't mean it!

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  • drg
    9:03 PM 06/10/2016

    Yeh but at least he said it rather than me..... I award myself some RD friend points for not bringing up the Franks incident >.< oops....

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  • jimmy23
    8:46 PM 06/10/2016

    It wasn't JUST consensual sex though was it? It was in the disabled toilets of an airport (which I think would be frowned upon if you were an All Black or not), on the way to South Africa for a test match and he cheated on his missus. Bit different.

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  • colombes
    1:50 PM 06/10/2016

    "Dump tackle. 10 minutes off"

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  • danknapp
    1:17 PM 06/10/2016

    Going off his feet, sir!

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