What is it about footy players, dogs and bodily fluids?
We can't answer that, but we can write something faintly legal
The start of the NRL season is looming and this year it's
Mitchell Pearce's turn to ruin the party before the
cheerleaders have warmed up. You've probably seen/heard/felt
ill about the footage of an inebriated Pearce at a house party
attempting to kiss the female host, simulating sex with a dog and
(allegedly) urinating on himself and the host's couch. Yep.
The RSPCA has indicated it is investigating the incident, which
must be a relief to said dog (we'll call it Fifi, to protect
its identity. Its gender hasn't been disclosed). As Fifi
appears to have suffered no physical harm, and thankfully the Daily
Telegraph covered its eyes, Mitchell is unlikely to be facing a
charge of animal cruelty. Fifi is, presumably, in therapy.
It is well established that football stars and smart phones
don't mix well. But there is an interesting legal anomaly in
respect of people filming their antics. Generally, the use of
listening devices for listening to or recording private
conversations is an offence, including using your smart phone to
record video and sound at the same time. While the pictures are
legally okay, the sound recording could be unlawful if there
weren't others in the room. For that purpose, Fifi doesn't
count. Which doesn't seem quite fair.
When footage like this is published, defamation also gets thrown
around like...well, anyway, it's unlikely that any statements
made in the video could be considered defamatory since most of the
outrageous statements were made by Pearce himself (unless it was
actually Fifi who peed on the couch – would that qualify as
revenge porn? We'll save that for a future bulletin.)
And what of Mitchell Pearce's future? The Roosters have
stood him down pending an internal investigation. We imagine there
would be a provision or two in his contract about bringing the club
into disrepute. As we've previously opined
here, any discussions about his ongoing employment should allow
Pearce a chance to respond to the allegations before a decision is
made. Love to be a fly on the wall for that get-together.
*Hey, it's January.
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