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Claims Carney set man's pants alight

THE Sydney Roosters has launched an investigation in response to reports that its new recruit Todd Carney set a man’s pants on fire at Airlie Beach.

The incident has been described as a prank gone wrong, but has put a cloud over the career of the NRL bad boy.

Carney, 23, was partying at Airlie Beach on New Years Eve when he allegedly set the pants on fire, burning the man’s buttocks and scrotum.

It is understood the victim received treatment for minor burns at Proserpine Hospital; however, no complaint was filed with Queensland Police.

The incident is the latest in a string of misdemeanours for Carney, which has included everything from high speed police pursuits to urinating in public.

Carney was sacked by the Canberra Raiders and deregistered by the NRL in 2008 following a series of alcohol-fuelled indiscretions. He was looking to resurrect his career with the Roosters this season after a year in the Cairns district competition.

However, those plans are now in jeopardy as the Roosters look into the alleged incident.

A spokeswoman for the Roosters said the club would complete a thorough investigation, even though no complaint had been made to police.

She said the investigation was under way and should be complete within a few days. The report will then be sent to the NRL.

Bad boy file

Some of Carney’s other misdemeanours:

  • March 2009: Is caught with his pants down when a woman, 23, found nude photos of him on a phone lent to her by Telstra. He reportedly took the full frontal photos in front of a mirror at home.
  • March 2009: Is banned from his hometown of Goulburn and given a suspended jail sentence after he was seen on CCTV damaging a car.
  • August 2008: Several onlookers claimed Carney was intoxicated and argued with security at the Goulburn Workers Club when he was ordered to leave.
  • July 2008: Allegedly urinated on a man’s neck and head while at a Canberra pub. The complaint was later withdrawn.
  • June 2007: Is banned from driving until 2012 after pleading guilty to a string of driving offences. He reportedly led police on a high-speed car chase through Canberra.


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