A previously tight-lipped Shaun Johnson has changed his tune regarding whether or not he was actually bitten by Kiwi team-mate Kevin Proctor during a recent game between the Titans and the Sharks.
Johnson at the time of the now-controversial incident complained about having been bitten by Proctor to match-referee Henry Perenara. He then quickly added that he desired that no penalty be imposed on Proctor.
A debate quickly ensued around whether or not the Titans captain had actually sunk his teeth into Shaun Johnson’s arm, or whether it had merely been a case of Johnson’s arm having pressed down into Proctor’s mouth because of a physical struggle. And it’s a debate that’s been raging ever since the incident – with Johnson all throughout refusing to comment any further.
The first time Johnson saw any use in clearing up the confusion around the supposed bite was on Tuesday – mere hours before Proctor was to face a hearing following the incident. He did so by posting a short statement to his Instagram account, during which he made sure to emphasise the fact that what he had written should not be confused with his having issued any form of apology.
The only clarity provided by Johnson’s post is an indication of either his dishonesty in an attempt to cost his team-mate and opposing team the match, or a peculiar uncertainty over whether or not he was actually bitten.
If found guilty of biting during the mentioned hearing, Kevin Proctor could face a ban of up to eight weeks, which ban would of course end his current NRL season.
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