James Maloney's boot throwing madness has to stop

BOOT THROWER: James Maloney was caught throwing Kevin Gordon’s lost boot into the crowd last weekend.
BOOT THROWER: James Maloney was caught throwing Kevin Gordon’s lost boot into the crowd last weekend. ROB COX

WHAT I hate about sport this week is bad sportsmanship. It's a low act and it can ruin the reputation of sport.

If you want to be a professional athlete, you need to be above average, and that is reached by hard training and determination, not cheating.

James Maloney has been the main culprit of bad sportsmanship this week after being sprung for throwing the footy boots of opposition players into the crowd.

The sneaky tactic has been used by the Roosters five-eighth throughout the season and he was getting away with it until now.

After going through videos of previous matches this season, Maloney is seen to pick up boots that come off opposition players during a match and quickly lobs them into the crowd without anybody noticing.

A ploy to put his team at an advantage, it didn't seem to work against the Titans on the Sunday when Maloney left Kevin Gordon with only one boot for more than five minutes of the game.

The Titans won 30-22. He was also seen throwing Blake Ferguson's boot away in the game between the Roosters and Rabbitohs earlier this season (pictured Ferguson bootless in the game).

Roosters coach Trent Robinson has confirmed he will speak to Maloney about it.

"It's not a major issue but I've noticed him do it a couple of times," Robinson said.

"He's just a cheeky player and a great competitor who will look for any edge he can get.

"But he respects the laws of rugby league too and would never do anything to harm the game."

If I was playing footy and I saw somebody lob my boot away in the middle of play, it definitely wouldn't end well.

If I lose in any type of sport I'm the first person to go up and congratulate my better opponent, but why would you respect and congratulate somebody who had to cheat in order to win?

Good week

Gympie Diggers' A-grade and reserve grade teams progressed to the grand final of the Fraser Coast League.

Bad week

Under-16 Devils lose their first semi-final against Caboolture and will face a do-or-die preliminary final this weekend.

Gympie Times

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