Didn’t hear the voice of Andrew Johns during the NRL Grand Final? That’s because he wasn’t there.
Fairfax reported that Channel Nine stood Johns down after he was accused of making explicit comments to a mother of three and then passing out in the Toowoomba Wellcomap Airport.
Johns had been in Toowoomba speaking at a lunch at The Spotted Cow, in front of 120 guests.
It is understood the event exceeded its allotted time; but Johns was good enough to stay, sign autographs, and pose for photographs with the crowd.
Johns left the engagement and arrived at the airport at 6:30 pm to catch a 7 pm flight back to Sydney.
While he waited to board the flight he hit the bar.
Helen Wright, 42, posted a message on the Today Show’s Facebook page lashing out at Johns for being ‘severely intoxicated’ and asking to kiss her.
The post was removed from the Facebook page shortly after it appeared.
“I am a 42 year-old woman that he asked to kiss him.
“When I refused to kiss him and replied I was happily married and had three sons his question to me was ‘why did you have a cesarean birth?’
“Then he proceeded to pass out on the airport floor.”
An airport security officer (who asked not to be named) said, “He (Johns) was full, no doubt about that.”
Mrs Wright was outraged, not only at Johns’ behaviour, but that it was witnessed by families at the airport.
“This is not an example that should be presented to children that were present!” she wrote.
“Many of the children had taken photos of him passed out.”
The photos and comments have gone viral on social media.
Johns has since contacted Mrs Wright and apologised
“I’ve obviously said the wrong thing, which has offended her. I rang her and apologised for that; and she accepted my apology,” said Johns.
But Johns has denied he passed out.
“I was up there for a function and had been up since 5 am. My flight home was delayed three hours last night, so I took myself away into a quiet corner and laid down and had a sleep. No way did I pass out.”