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Are we too hard on sports stars off the field?

Last updated 12:21 06/10/2016
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Aaron Smith will serve a one-match ban over his indiscretion.

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All Blacks star halfback Aaron Smith has returned from South Africa in disgrace.

The star halfback was seen following a woman into a toilet at Christchurch Airport last month, where "rhythmic tapping noises" could be heard coming from inside.

After around 10 minutes, Smith left the cubicle and returned to his team-mates. The woman emerged about 30 seconds later.

He confirmed the story with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen in South Africa and has since been sent home. Player leadership and management agreed Smith should serve a one-match ban.

Smith admitted he had not only let his fellow All Blacks down, but also his current partner Teagan Vojkovich.

Sports stars often end up in the sin bin due to their off-field antics - but should they?

The news comes after a bad run for New Zealand Rugby, which has been criticised at-length for its handling of the Losi Filipo assault case.

The indiscretion also comes hot on the heels of the Chiefs stripper saga, where rugby players allegedly assaulted a stripper and acted inappropriately during post-season celebratory events.

We always talk about sportspeople as role models, but do we put too much pressure on them? Or is it fair to hold them to a higher level of scrutiny?

Do you care what players do in their spare time?

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