Should people in the public eye be scrutinised for what they do and say on social media? Should they lose their jobs if they make a mistake?
These are some of the questions that have come up after a picture of Australian swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk posing with high powered weapons at a Californian shooting range went viral overnight.
The picture was taken while D’Arcy and Monk were in California for a swimming competition. It was initially uploaded to Kenrick’s Facebook page and also circulated on Twitter, but Swimming Australia later ordered the pair to take them down because they breached the organisation’s social media guidelines.
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Since then, there have been calls for the men to be axed from the Australian Olympic Squad. In a radio interview this morning, the head of Australia’s Olympic team Nick Green said: “One of the questions (we’ll be asking) is have they brought themselves into disrepute, and have they bought the Australian team into disrepute?”
At Brisbane airport this morning, D’Arcy – who was kicked off the 2008 Olympic team after he was convicted of assaulting a teammate – apologised. “It was an opportunity to fire a few guns, a bit of fun after finishing our swimming,” he said.
“The (gun shop) owner invited us and was nice enough to let us.” “It was all meant to be a bit of fun, the photos were a bit of fun, and if anyone’s been offended, obviously I deeply apologise… It was never supposed to be offensive, and as I say, deeply sorry to anyone who was offended.”
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