Todd Carney was known as one of the ‘bad boys’ of rugby league during his NRL career from 2004 to 2014.
He was asked why there were no openly gay footy players in Australia given all the physical contact on the field.
Rare insight: NRL star Todd Carney says he’s kissed other players during his footy career in this week’s episode of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, featuring ex NRL and AFL stars. He said: I’ve probably gave blocks a bit too long of a kiss. But I’m definitely not gay’
Todd, who played 229 games in his career, explained: ‘The bum taps are just an excitement thing.’
‘I’ve gave plenty of bum taps along the way and kissed my mates along the way on the field, and on the night out on the drink. I’ve probably gave blokes a bit too long of a kiss. But I’m definitely not gay,’ he added.
Elsewhere, the former Cronulla Sharks star discussed his infamous ‘bubbler’ incident that made headlines in 2014.
At the time, he was sacked mid-season by the Sharks and had his $3million contract torn up after an image of him urinating in his own mouth at a Sydney pub went viral.
Hard hitting question: Elsewhere, the former Cronulla Sharks star discussed his infamous ‘bubbler’ incident that made headlines in 2014
Infamous: At the time, he was sacked mid-season by the Sharks and had his $3million contract torn up after this image of him appearing to urinate in his own mouth at a Sydney pub went viral
He was made to answer if he had ‘p**sed in his own mouth’ to which he replied: ‘Well, it’s an optical illusion. That’s what the bubbler is, isn’t it?’
‘And I’m not gonna lie and say that was the only time I’ve done it, otherwise I wouldn’t have know I could do it.’
The Dally M Medal winner also said on the program: ‘Yes, I’ve done some stupid things in the past but that was always the headline – “bad boy of rugby league”.
‘Stupid, yes, but bad – not really’: The ex-NRL player was asked to answer if he had ‘pissed in his own mouth’ to which he answered: ‘Well, it’s an optical illusion. That’s what the bubbler is, isn’t it?’ Pictured in 2014
‘Stupid, yes, but bad – not really.’
Former NRL star Ian Roberts defended Todd over the incident, saying: ‘Yes the photo was obviously not a good thing.’
‘But he’s not the villain people think he is… I really felt for him. He got crucified,’ he added, referring to the blitz of negative headlines at the time.
‘I really felt for him’: Former NRL star Ian Roberts (pictured) defended Todd over the incident, saying: ‘Yes the photo was all, obviously it was not a good thing. ‘But he’s not the villain people think he is… He got crucified,’ noting Todd’s portrayal in the media during the time
Former Canterbury Bulldogs player Willie Mason also defended Todd, saying his behaviour off-field did not compare to players who have a history of violence against women.
He said: ‘I see some pieces of s**t playing our game right now.’
‘Todd Carney, on the other hand, just p**sed in his own mouth and got his contract ripped up, and I don’t think that’s fair.’
Unfair: Former Canterbury Bulldogs player Willie Mason (pictured) also defended Todd saying: ‘I see some pieces of s*** playing our game right now.’ ‘Todd Carney, on the other hand, just pissed in his own mouth and got his contract ripped up, and I don’t think that’s fair’
After his NRL career ended, Todd spent two seasons with France’s Super League club Catalans Dragons with stints in the UK with the Salford Red Devils and Hull Kingston Rovers.
Todd has played three Origin games for NSW and represented Australia once.
After marking his NRL debut with Canberra in 2004, he was sacked by the Raiders in 2008 after a nightclub incident in which he was accused of urinating on another patron.
In 2011 he was let go by the Roosters after a year for breaking an alcohol ban, one year after winning the Dally M medal and guiding the Roosters to the NRL grand final.
During his time with the NRL, Todd was charged three times with drink driving.
He was captain-coach of Group 10 rugby league Byron Bay Red Devils on the NSW far north coast in 2019 but has since retired.
Life after the game: Since leaving NRL, Todd has found love with former Married At First Sight star Susie Bradley. The couple became engaged in October 2020
First time father: The couple have also welcomed a son named Lion Daryl Carney on March 27
Now working as a concreter and living in Queensland with his partner, former MAFS star Susie Bradley, the 2010 Dally M winner says while he’s not proud about his ‘stupidity’, he can laugh about it now.
‘It [the bubbler incident] made me who I am now and made me a more resilient person and comfortable with who I am,’ Carney told the Sunday Telegraph in September 2020.
‘I’ve got a tattoo that says “everything happens for a reason”. I believe it does.
‘Yes I hurt fans, organisations and the businesses I was playing for but, deep down, the person I hurt most was myself.’
Todd recently welcomed his first son, named Lion Daryl Carney. He is also a stepfather to Susie’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Blended family: Todd is also a doting stepfather to Susie’s daughter, Baby, six, from a previous relationship