The fans split after the National Rugby League imposed one of its toughest penalties against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The club was fined a record $ 250,000 on Thursday for its drunken Mad Monday celebrations that saw two players accused by police with obscene exposure.
But many have questioned whether getting undressed on a pub balcony and throwing up in the streets compares to some of the league's most embarrassing moments, all of which resulted in fewer fines issued by the league's governing body.
From drugs, simulated sex acts with dogs and grotesque acrobatics to urinating, Daily Mail Australia looks back on some of the bad guys in the league whose indiscretions are considered by many to be worse than the Bulldogs' actions this week.
Mitchell Pearce was fined $ 125,000 and suspended for eight weeks after a video of him pretending to have sex with a dog went viral
The star halfback (left) has had no problems since the infamous Australian Day 2016 video
Mitchell Pearce He was suspended for eight NRL games, fined $ 125,000 and stripped of the Sydney Roosters captaincy after a video of him pretending to have sex with a dog during Australia Day celebrations in 2016 went viral. The infamous video also seemed to show the star half-urinating on herself and trying to kiss a woman. Despite the severe punishment, Pearce was deemed worthy of a NSW State of Origin retirement the following year. The 29-year-old has managed to stay away from problems ever since.
Joel Monaghan he voluntarily left the Canberra Hunters at the end of the 2010 season after a photo of him simulating a lewd act with a dog during the celebrations of Mad Monday emerged on Twitter. An afflicted and repentant Monaghan issued an emotional public apology after the incident, describing it as a "stupid prank" that "we will not forget in the short term." He was not sanctioned by the NRL but ended his league career in Australia when he fled to the UK to play in the English Super League.
Joel Monaghan faced the media after the Madrinado Monday celebrations put an end to his career in NRL
Monaghan renounced Canberra's raiders after a photo of him pretending a lascivious act with a dog during angry Monday celebrations sprang up on Twitter
Ben Barba he was suspended indefinitely from the Bulldogs in early 2013 due to behavioral problems and breaches of the club's code of conduct as a result of his behavior outside the field. He spent a year in the Brisbane Broncos before heading to the Sharks for two seasons in 2015 and 2016. He went abroad to play in London after testing positive for cocaine in the days following the celebrations of Prime Minister Cronulla Sharks in 2016. The NRL this week gave Barba the green light to return to the NRL for the North Cowland Cowboys in 2019.
Greg Bird He was one of the star players of the Cronulla Sharks when he was turned down after appearing at the Sutherland Local Court in August 2008. Bird was accused of maliciously inflicting serious bodily injury to his then-girlfriend, Katie Milligan, 24, at his home, where allegedly broke a glass in the face. He was later cleared of all charges after a magistrate determined it was not intentional. His confrontation with the law continued at the end of 2014 after he was fined for peeing next to a police car in a parking lot outside the reception area of his wedding.
Former NRL star Greg Bird had many problems with the off-field law during his NRL career
The sharks arrested Greg Bird after being accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend Katie Milligan (pictured) at his home in 2008. He was later acquitted of all charges after a magistrate determined it was not intentional.
Todd Carney He was fired by the Cronulla Sharks in 2014 after a photo appeared on social networks where he seemed to pee in his own mouth. He was on his last warning for behavior problems with the NRL at that time after the NRL gave him countless lifelines for several alcohol-based offenses ranging from driving under the influence to vandalism to urinating on a man in a nightclub .
The photo that ended Todd Carney's season with the Cronulla Sharks in 2014
Todd Carney (pictured) has not yet returned to make an NRL comeback since his last indiscretion four years ago
The harsh penalties imposed on the Bulldogs have divided the opinion among the fans.
The chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, Peter Beattie, received a flood of criticism on social media after he tweeted the NRL decision.
& # 39; Terrible decision. The NRL needs leaders who stand up to the scum media, do not bow to their feet. You have let the Rugby League family beat Peter for the first time today, "commented one fan.
& # 39; Another added: & # 39; Terrible news, a measuring stick for a team and a longer stick for the rest. NRL has some real problems, and it's not the bulldogs. "
Ben Barba (pictured in 2012 with his partner Ainslie) was rejected by the Bulldogs in early 2013 due to behavioral problems, only a few months after winning the 2012 Dally M Medal.
While the Bulldogs are disappointed by the severity of the fine, they have accepted that the images and behaviors were unacceptable.
"The club accepts that the team's images and behavior come together on Monday were unacceptable and the aspect extremely bad for the game," said the club's executive director, Andrew Hill.
"They are all good people who have acted immature and youthful." They have accepted responsibility for their actions and apologized to the club for their behavior. The club will now conduct a full review and will take steps to ensure that this situation never happens again. "