NSW rugby league star Todd Carney has slammed Twitter-led rumours that he had failed a drugs test and revealed the speculation became so strong, sponsors were threatening to dump him and pull out of contracts with Cronulla.
The Sharks coach Shane Flanagan came out last weekend in support of his colourful playmaker, who has a history of off-field issues, and Carney admitted he was taken aback at how far the rumours had spread and thanked the club for backing him.
The five eight used Twitter to quash the rumours last week, and says the speculation was wrong and disgraceful considering he hasn't been tested since February.
The rumour first surfaced during the State of Origin series, when Carney said he was happy to ignore it and let it go away.
But he says it got so bad, when sponsors starting calling the club, that he had to look for advice on how to deal with the problem.