Australian swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk pose for the cameras during a recent American training camp.
Australian swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk pose for the cameras during a recent American training camp. Contributed

Posting this was their one mistake

GETTING a funny photo taken while you're rolling around in a pile of guns would almost have to be one of the "must-do" activities for any trip to America.

To the majority of people at least, the photo posted up on Olympic swimmer Kenrick Monk's Facebook page was neither offensive nor scandalous.

The cheeky look on Nick D'Arcy's face suggests it was more of a light-hearted attempt at ironic humour - a tongue-in-cheek stab at that gun-under-the-pillow way of thinking that seems to infect a good percentage of Americans.

Either that or they were just really happy to be allowed to let off some steam with some high-powered weapons.

Given their obvious level of excitement, I'd hazard a guess to say that neither D'Arcy, nor his swimming pal Monk, have had the opportunity to do much shooting in their time.

For that reason I can sort of understand their desire to pose for a photo.

The big mistake - and the pitfall that many a famous sportsman and entertainer has fallen into - was to post it up for all to see.

While I saw it as an over-reaction to subject both swimmers to an investigation, Australian Olympic Team chef de mission Nick Green made a valid point when he warned athletes of the dangers of social media.

"There is no such thing as privacy on social media. Anything that is put up will be in the public domain," Green told reporters.

"We say again to our athletes, do not put anything up on social media that you would not share with your mother or your grandmother."

In this case, D'Arcy and Monk would have been better off emailing the photo off to their respective family members and a few friends and leaving it at that.

Needless to say that D'Arcy and Monk have made some pretty bad mistakes in recent times and should realise that a very bright spotlight is still on them.

It only takes the slightest hint of controversy to whip up all that bad stuff again - and the pair of them only have themselves to blame.



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