“I was just hanging out for a drink,” said a contrite Ben.
After removing Boyd Cordner’s shoe mid-match, many from NSW accused Ben Hunt of dirty play in the first Origin game. But, given the proud history of piss drinking that Queensland football players often display in nightclubs and casinos, some have suggested that this wasn’t a tactic but more of a reflex action.
Local Maroons fan and beverage monster, Johnno Emerald (29), knows a “shoey” when he sees one.
“Yeah that was totally an involuntary action. He’s so used to sinking piss his go to move was to remove the shoe and reach for his beer,” said Johnno. “That’s why he threw the shoe so violently – he realised there was no beer on the field.”
Unproven at this point, commentators have been left to wonder if Ben does one day enter rehab that this will be a missed warning sign.
“Football players and piss drinking go together like cheesecake and muffin tops,” said commentator, Mike Son (51). “I think one day we will look back on this moment as a giant cry for help to cut back on sinking piss.”
Only time will tell.