All Blacks star Aaron Smith has been stood down for one game after he was caught very probably having sex with a woman in a disabled toiled at Christchurch Airport.
The incident – which took place three weeks ago on September 18 – came to light this morning, after the NZ Herald received a letter yesterday from a concerned citizen who saw Smith “sneak” into the bathroom with a woman who was not his partner.
“The pair were in the bathroom for 5–10 minutes and from the noises coming out of the bathroom there was absolutely no question what the couple were doing in there,” the letter read.
“Mr Smith then came out of the room on his own, straitening up his white checked shirt and black dress pants (the All Blacks uniform they were all wearing at the time).
“About a minute later the young lady comes out of the same toilet cubicle looking equally suspicious. I myself did not have a problem with this… my wife however is protesting that this is disgusting for a public figure to do.
“He essentially occupied a public cubicle reserved for the disabled for up to 10 minutes. This was not discreet, it was 2pm on a Sunday where there were a lot of children and fans around. He was in his full All Blacks uniform and there was not an ounce of remorse or regret on his face. He buttoned up his shirt and sat back down with his teammates and carried on smiling, chatting like nothing had happened.”
At the time, the All Blacks were returning from a test match in Christchurch against South Africa.
All Blacks coach Steven Hansen confirmed the incident and said that Smith is “bitterly disappointed” in his behaviour, feeling like he’s let both his team and family and partner down. He’s been stood down for one match as punishment, with Hansen saying his behaviour was “not of All Blacks standard”.
Smith also been condemned by Christchurch Airport, a sentence which will never not be funny.
“Like many public facilities, we have disabled facilities,” a spokeswoman said.
“We don’t condone inappropriate behaviour at our airport and we understand that matters are being dealt with between the All Blacks and the player concerned.”
At his own request, Smith is now heading home from South Africa to deal with personal matters.