In a bombshell development, Aussie skipper Tim Paine quit as the Australian team test captain after being guilty of sending explicit texts to his female co-worker. In a recent press conference, Paine appeared to be guilty of his actions and gave a tearful speech.
In his speech, Paine apologized “for the hurt and pain” he caused his wife, family and “other party”. He also apologized for the damage his actions made to the reputation of cricket.
It should be noted that Paine is a married man since 2016 and has children with his wife Bonnie. Reportedly, the wicketkeeper-batsman sent explicit messages to his female colleague in 2017.
Sexual predators – men and women – are found in every profession, and every walks of the life. In the past decade, leaps have been made in educating men and women to respect their boundaries and not indulge in such behaviour. A primary trigger of such leaps was the #MeToo movement. The movement saw producers, directors, cricketers, entrepreneurs, and high-profile individuals being alleged of sexually harassing their colleagues and peers.
Although cricket is a ‘gentleman’s game’, a slew of cricketers including Lasith Malinga, Amit Mishra, MakhayaNtini have been accused of sexual harassment. Recently, the name of Tim Paine was also included in the list.
The Facts of the Matter
In a development that has shocked the entire world of cricket, Aussie wicket-keeper and batsman Tim Paine quit as the Australian team’s Test captain. The Australian batsman quit as the captain of his Test team over explicit text exchange with a female colleague. The events transpired back in 2017 after Paine was recalled to Australian team after a 7-year-hiatus.
Victim Lodged a Complaint at Human Rights Commission
Reportedly, the victim claimed that she was offended by, “Mr. Paine’s sexually explicit, unwelcome and unsolicited photograph of his genitals in addition to the graphic sexual comments”. The aggrieved woman had lodged a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding the text messages and accused pain of sexual harassment.
Tim Paine Breaks Down During Conference
A tearful Tim had a press conference November 19 in which he was quoted saying, “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family, and to the other party. I’m sorry for any damage that this does to the reputation of our sport and I believe that it is the right decision for me to stand down as captain, effective immediately.”
Aussie Skipper Had Told his Wife and Family About the Exchange
🗣 "I've been blessed with a wonderful, loving & supportive family – it breaks my heart to know how much I have let them down"
Tim Paine has stepped down as captain of the Australia Test team less than three weeks before The Ashes over a sexting exchange with a former colleague.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 19, 2021
The cricketer also expressed gratitude to his family and wife for their “forgiveness and support”. He also claimed that he had told his wife about the matter when it transpired. “We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years,” he added.
The move can prove to be a huge set back for the Australian team that are preparing for the Ashes 2022 against arch-rivals England. Breaking down in tears, Tim also highlighted the same and said, “I do not want this to become an unwelcome disruption to the team ahead of what is a huge Ashes series.”
The Text Exchanges Between Tim Paine and His Victim
According to a Herald Sun report, Tim Paine and his colleague from Cricket Tasmania were flirting on texts. However, the flirtatious nature turned into gross misconduct from Paine’s side.
In the texts acquired by the media house, Paine had texted, “Will you want to taste my ***?? F**k me, I’m seriously h**d”.
Paine received a reply from the woman which read, “I thought we were resting hands”. To this Paine continued with his inappropriate replies and wrote back, “Can’t rest them when I’m this h**d!! Need to ease the tension. Finish me off with those lips then”.
In the same exchange, Paine also sent an unsolicited picture of his genitals to the woman.