It is one thing to cop the wrath of a scorned lover but another thing entirely to be slammed by the Prime Minister.
That’s the predicament All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith finds himself in after a rendezvous with a female in a disabled public toilet at Christchurch Airport.
Smith, who has a girlfriend, was spotted entering the toilet with a woman last month following a Test against the Springboks.
A member of the public raised the issue with All Blacks hierarchy who learned of the matter while on tour in South Africa.
Smith was subsequently sent home and suspended for one match.
The 27-year-old has not only copped a barrage from the public, and likely his girlfriend, but New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys as well.
The woman who reported the incident said the female entered the toilet before Smith’s arrival with the pair proceeding to make “noises” which could be heard by her young son.
Keys spoke of his disappointment of Smith’s behaviour, considering he was a role model to so many young people.
“They do a lot to try and prove to young New Zealanders that they’re the sort of people to look up to, that’s why I think Aaron will feel pretty disappointed in himself,” Keys said.
“I think (New Zealand) rugby union, coming off the back of a couple of other pretty poor PR issues in recent times, will want to make sure they send a strong message to the All Blacks that they have a high level of expectation in their behaviour.”
Smith’s indiscretion follows a scandal earlier this year involving a stripper and the Waikato Chiefs Super Rugby team during an end of year party.
The Stripper said players, among other things, licked her in inappropriate areas.