Aussie Rugby Stars In Hot Water Over Group Sex

Another day, another Australian rugby group sex scandal. Matthew Johns, a popular ex-player and current TV commentator, was fired from his job after he admitted to participating in an 11-man, 1-woman escapade at hotel room in New Zealand a few years back. Because really, what’s better than enjoying some intimate moments with a lady with 10 other dudes in the room?

Matthew Johns

Johns is a married man, of course, and the woman in question barely qualified for that moniker, being 19 at the time. All of this is part of an ABC (that’s Australian Broadcasting Corp.) investigation into the questionable sexual behavior of professional rugby players in their country. And based on the allegations flying around, Chris Hansen should be on the next plane to Sydney.

Though the players all say that the incident Johns was involved in was consensual, the female participant (known only as “Clare“) is not indicating such, according to London’s TIMES ONLINE:

She told the program that her life had been destroyed by the incident and she had become suicidal, at one point buying a rope to hang herself.

“There was always … there was always hands on me and there was always … if one person had stopped, someone was touching me and doing something else,” she said of the incident. “Every time I looked up, there would be more and more people in the room and … just lots of guys in the room watching … maybe two or three that were on the bed that were doing stuff to me. If I had a gun I’d shoot them right now. I hate them, they’re disgusting.”

Johns, not from the Roger Clemens school of public relations, admitted to being present for the incident but that he apologized to Clare for there being so many guys there. So, five would’ve been acceptable? He was subsequently fired from his job hosting The Footy Show and from his gig as an assistant coach for the Melbourne Storm.

THE AUSTRALIAN says this is far from the only incident involving rugby players, and that this one is rare in that the girl was actually of legal age, according to famed groupie/cougar Charmyne Palavi:

She went further in the interview with the ABC’s Walkley-nominated Sarah Ferguson. In a part of the tape that didn’t make it to air but is available on the ABC website, she said footballers invited girls who were too young for nightclubs to private homes for sex.

She said the girls, who hoped to be football girlfriends, were filmed on mobile phones having sex with half the team.

THE AUSTRALIAN, however, seems to have rather low standards for sources, as evidenced by citing anonymous Facebook commenters in the story:

One poster wrote: “A good friend of mine is an ex-rugby player and the stories are all true. The first guy leaves the door unlocked so the others can come on in and they all have their way with whatever naive girl they bring back.”

But another poster said women prowled nightclubs looking for footballers to take to bed “one-on-one, two, three, whatever … they are predatory go-getters, after the big catch, on the make. They are treated by these guys as badly as they allow themselves to be treated.”

It’s all very sophisticated. Incidentally, no charges have been filed over any of this.