On Monday night controversial Wallaby Quade Cooper posted a picture of himself posing alongside former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson on Twitter.
The picture followed news reports the 24-year-old is set to walk away from his Wallabies career after he was offered an insulting incentive-based contract by the Australian Rugby Union.
Many took the Cooper-Tyson photo as confirmation the New Zealand-born playmaker will pursue a career in boxing – there is speculation Cooper will fight on the undercard of Sonny Bill Williams' next fight scheduled for February.
But is it possible the 'happy snap' is a grim glimpse into the future for the man they call Quadey?
Tyson, the self-proclaimed 'baddest man on the planet', was the world heavyweight champ from 1986-1990.
He made millions and is among the most recognisable athletes on the planet, but he squandered the lot and now relies on cameo movie appearances and the public speaking circuit to service his sizable debts.
Cooper has never been a world champion but he had the world at his feet 18 months ago when he signed a lucrative one-year deal with the ARU.
He led the Queensland Reds to their maiden Super Rugby titled shortly after re-signing and was the incumbent Wallabies flyhalf.
NRL clubs were circling and the size of his contract reflected the fact that he was considered a 'must-keep' player by the ARU.
But it turns out the decision to only sign a one-year deal was the first in a series of bad calls that have left Cooper in his current predicament.
His pre-World Cup comment that he was happy to play the role of 'public enemy No.1' in his native New Zealand didn't help his cause either.
An entire nation turned on him and the playmaker crumbled under the pressure, producing a series of on-field shockers before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Bronze playoff against Wales.
He fought his way back in May and made a strong return for the Reds but was overlooked for the Wallabies' June Tests against Scotland and Wales because coach Robbie Deans thought he was underdone.
Cooper was also overlooked for the first Bledisloe Test against the Kiwis in Sydney but made his return in Auckland the following week.
He enraged officials before that match after refusing to answer media questions in his now infamous seven-second press conference.
But while that petulant display went unpunished, his claims made on Twitter that the Wallabies is a 'toxic environment' and his later admission that he would have refused to play the Test against South Africa if selected was the final straw.
The Twitter tirade earned him a $60,000 fine and a three-match ban but the real punishment was the meagre contract offer that has left his sporting career in limbo.
Cooper has already signed a three-year extension with the Reds worth around $400,000 a season, but that deal can only be activated if he signs on with the ARU.
The incentive-based deal he's been offered effectively means he has gone from being in the top-five highest-paid Wallabies to being outside the top 30.
He has basically been sacked.
Japanese or European rugby could come knocking while he could pick up an NRL deal if he's prepared to take a massive pay cut.
But either way it's been a dramatic fall from grace for 'Quadey'.
What's next, a Tysonesque tattoo on his melon?