England centre Manu Tuilagi has apologised for playing a prank on the prime minister, David Cameron, during the British and Irish Lions' visit to Downing Street. Tuilagi gave Cameron 'bunny ears' while standing behind and to the left of him.
He was posing for photos with his team mates and management at the function to honour the Lions' 2-1 series victory over Australia on Monday afternoon.
Taking to Twitter to express his remorse, the Leicester Tigers centre tweeted: "Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great Day at Downing Street. Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us."
But this iis not the first time Tuilagi has been the centre of controversy. He was fined £3,000 by the Rugby Football Union after he jumped from a ferry following England's elimination from the World Cup in New Zealand two years ago. Tuilagi was cautioned by police on that occasion and disciplined by then England coach, Martin Johnson.
Following his latest prank, Tuilagi's team-mates reacted on social networking site Twitter:
Ben Youngs, a fellow British and Irish Lion, England and Tigers player, tweeted: "The manManutuilagi just couldn't stop himself."
The scrum-half later removed the tweet and posted a picture of himself posing outside 10 Downing Street.
The Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns tweeted: "Great bottle from Manu Tuilagi! Haha. #chief".
Could this innapropiate behaviour end Manu Tuilagi's career? Doubtful. But why is it that atheletes and celebrities of today have egos bigger than their discretion for manners? Do they not feel obliged to behavior appropraitely when in the spot light? For Tuilagi, apparently not.
Source: Press Association, Manu Tuilagi apologises for 'bunny ears' prank on David Cameron at No10 The Guardian, Tuesday 17 September 2013 01.18 BST
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