Carney now plays for the Catalans Dragons in Super League after being dismissed from the Sharks in 2014 because of a picture that went viral of Carney urinating in his own mouth at a hotel.
Carney’s case returns to the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on Friday, who is seeking the full amount of his Sharks’ contract plus interest as well as relocation fees on top of that.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, it is alleged the club contravened the Fair Work Act when dismissing Carney by not doing so in writing.
Carney’s version of events are challenged by the Statement of Defence and they claim that Carney breached the NRL Code of Conduct.
The statement of defence also revealed a litany of other alleged incidents in which Carney breached his obligations, including:
– Abusing a taxi driver in July 2013 while intoxicated;
– Attending training in April 2014 “under the effect of alcohol and medication taken other than in accordance with prescription”;
– Ignoring a warning about his behaviour in a letter written by the CEO the following month;
– “Habitual drunkenness”
Further, it’s alleged the former Dally M medallist treated the bubbler incident “as a joke” by telling the CEO on June 29 that “[the photograph] is genuine, some bloke took it. Oh, but it is OK ’cause I didn’t get any piss in my mouth.”