Aaron Smith Toi­let Scan­dal

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

This whole sor­did busi­ness was sup­pos­edly done and dusted last year. The in­ci­dent was in­ves­ti­gated and Smith was pu­n­ished – with a sus­pen­sion – for his ac­tions in a dis­abled toi­let at Christchurch Air­port the day af­ter the All Blacks had beaten South Africa.

But dur­ing the week of the first Bledis­loe Cup test, Aus­tralian me­dia re­leased text ex­changes be­tween Smith and the woman with whom he had been in the afore­men­tioned toi­let.

That forced the New Zealand Rugby Union to re-in­ves­ti­gate to see whether Smith had told them every­thing they needed to know and to be cer­tain he hadn’t lied dur­ing the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The new re­view didn’t find much to make them think they had been conned by Smith, but he had clearly not be­haved well so he was is­sued with a writ­ten warn­ing.

An un­savoury busi­ness didn’t be­come any more palat­able the sec­ond time around.

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