Carney to sue Sharks for $3 million

TODD Carney is suing Cronulla for close to $3 million in what he calls a bid to protect fellow players.

The former NRL star was sacked by the club in June last year after a lewd photo appearing to show him urinating in his own mouth emerged online.

On Monday, Carney and his lawyers met with the Rugby League Players Association as he prepares to sue the club for unfair dismissal.


Earlier in the year he won a claim before the NRL Appeals Committee after he argued they denied him a chance to plead his case before the club board.

Carney claims he learnt of his sacking through teammate Wade Graham before he was given any chance to tell his side of the story to anybody at the club.

“I feel I was harshly done by. Some people don’t,” Carney told the Nine Network.

“I want it to be cleaned up because I think one day the club might think back to what’s happened to me and it might help another player.”

Carney resumed his playing career in France with Super League club Catalans and last month signed a three-year contract extension.

However he did not rule out a return to Australia, saying he still got goosebumps watching the game.

The infamous photo incident is not the only time Carney has found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

He was axed by the Canberra Raiders in 2008 after being accused of urinating on a patron in a nightclub.

Carney was also let go by the Sydney Roosters for breaching an alcohol ban in 2011, the year after guiding them to the premiership and winning the Dally M.