The England rugby team’s head coach admonished three of his players yesterday after they made sexually crude remarks to a hotel worker leaving her in tears, but it’s only the latest in a series of incidents involving unsavory behaviour from his team.England are currently competing at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
While things have been going adequately (though unremarkably) well on the pitch, extra curricular activities have landed the group in hot water.
Firstly, the British tabloids ran the story that one of England’s most senior players, Mike Tindall, was seen kissing and groping a blonde girl in a bar following England’s victory in its first match. Tindall is married to the Queen’s granddaughter. That means he’s part of the royal family, which means what he did was far from kosher. It was perhaps mild treason.
Though the incident was swept aside quickly, it hasn’t gone away, and new allegations are now emerging that Tindall went home with the woman in question.
The incident alone would have been enough to bring shame upon the team, but what didn’t help was that some of Tindall’s teammates decided to engage in a light-hearted dwarf-throwing contest on the same night, in the same bar. The manager of the bar later dismissed that a dwarf-throwing event had taken place.
Now, three more players are in the dog house for accusations that they taunted a hotel worker. James Haskell, Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton are three beasts of men and they pushed a 5ft 1in tall employee to tears with their behaviour.
The Daily Mail reports that the trio stole the employees walkie-talkie and made crude remarks down it before verbally abusing her as she tried to retrieve it. They also videoed the whole thing. There’s nothing like creating your own evidence to condemn yourself.
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