NRL legend Andrew Johns has absolutely barbecued the social media app former NRL bad boy Todd Carney hoped would save NRL players from themselves.
Carney this week helped launch SocialBase — an app that aims to stop damaging social media posts before they happen — but Johns openly sneared when asked about it’s use in rugby league.
Carney, who now lives on Queensland‘s Gold Coast where he works as a concreter, says he’s found peace in his life and wants athletes across the country to learn from his mistakes.
SocialBase was developed by his lifelong best mate Mitchell Micallef, and Carney has been in from the ground floor.
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They are hoping to soon launch what they‘re describing as the “Todd Carney feature”, which would require a club’s social media manager to approve any post before it’s posted to social media.
Johns, however, had a much more simple solution.
“Is this April Fool’s Day,” Johns laughed on Channel 9’s Immortal Behaviour webcast.
“I don’t know. You know what? Turn your social media off. Just don’t go on it. That’s the simple thing. And not only that, don’t be a d***.”
He said social media already has a greater impact on players than it should.
“Look, they’re not babies, they’re grown men,” he said.
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“Take charge of your life. Don’t put anything up if you’re pissed, or if you’re tired and emotional.
“You don’t need people to hold your hand. You know right from wrong. You get so much education on what you’ve got to do. Just take responsibility. You’re grown men.
“The thing I don’t understand with social media is, you don’t let f—wits into your life, so why would you let them into your life where they can pot you and call you all sorts of names when you don’t know who is saying it?” Johns asked.
Carney said the app, is his way of trying to give back to the game after he was eventually exiled from the NRL following a career of controversy.
For Carney, he says it’s his way of giving back to rugby league.
“I still love the game to death,” Carney told NCA NewsWire.
“I’ve learned the lesson the hard way, and hopefully I can eliminate players from going down that path.
“It’ll be perfect for rugby league players and sport in general, day-to-day people in general life.
Todd Carney wants to give back to rugby league.Source:News Corp Australia
Johns also blasted Kyle Flanagan’s critics this week after the Roosters’ loss to Canberra in last weekend’s semi-final ended their hopes of a premiership three-peat.
The 22-year-old has just completed his first full season of first grade — after playing nine games for Cronulla across 2018 and 2019 — but he may already be on the lookout for a new club.
Reports emerged this week the Roosters want to move Flanagan on after his contract expires at the end of 2021 as the tri-colours seek a new No. 7 to pilot them towards another premiership.
Lachlan Lam and Sam Walker have been earmarked as potential candidates to partner five-eighth Luke Keary in the halves going forward.
The Bulldogs have been touted as a possible destination for Flanagan, who had big shoes to fill when he arrived at Bondi to replace retired champion Cooper Cronk.
Two-time premiership winner Johns believes Flanagan had a solid season and claimed criticism of him is way off the mark.
“Everyone knocking Kyle Flanagan, I think he’s had a really strong year,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & the Eighth.
“Go and watch Johnathan Thurston when he was 20, watch myself when I was 20, go watch Cooper Cronk — he was coming off the bench playing dummy-half.
“It takes so long to try to master the halfback position.
“People are being too tough on Kyle Flanagan and the people who are being tough on him don’t know what they’re talking about.
“I don’t understand it (the criticism).”
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