Just when Cricket Australia thought things couldn’t get worse, Candice Warner weighed in on the Tim Paine sexting debate – and she hasn’t held back.
As one half of the number one power couple in Australian cricket, the wife of starting hitter David Warner has a lot of influence among the test team’s WAGs and, by extension, their husbands.
When Ms. Warner makes a comment on a matter of concern within the dressing room, it can be interpreted as a direct reflection of her husband’s opinion.
With the players keeping their lips tight on CA’s treatment of Paine, explaining him as a player for the sexting scandal and then backing his resignation as captain, Candice has spoken for them.
The Australian cricket world was rocked when it was revealed that former test captain Tim Paine (pictured with his wife Bonnie) had sent lewd messages to a colleague in 2017.
Candice Warner, wife of cricketer David Warner, broke her silence on Cricket Australia’s response to the Paine sexting scandal
Speaking on radio station 2GB, the former Iron Woman said she was ‘concerned’ and ‘concerned’ about the message sent by CA’s actions.
“They are basically saying that it is not okay for an Australian cricket captain to send these messages, but that it is okay for an Australian player,” he said.
“As the wife of an Australian player, that is a bit worrisome, and it worries me.”
She said the players were supporting Paine “but it’s also about supporting his family in a really difficult situation.”
Cricket Australia is also going through a ‘really tough situation’, which in the space of 10 days has gone from being an organization that smugly looks forward to the financial boom and mass television ratings of the upcoming series Ashes, to a low one. siege inside and out. in the face of a player revolt, a divided locker room, public criticism, negative media coverage and a scathing attack from one of its own affiliated associations.
The top tier of Australian cricket has always been riddled with factions, cliques, whispers and conspiracy theories, but rarely have the battle lines been drawn so clearly as now.
How badly has Cricket Australia handled the Tim Paine affair and what is the reaction? Let’s count the ways:
“ They’re basically saying that it’s not okay for an Australian cricket captain to send these messages, but it’s okay for an Australian player, ” Ms Warner told 2GB.
The relationship between Australia’s top players and the people who run the game was not good before last Friday, but it is much worse now. Players believe that Cricket Australia hung up Tim Paine to dry him, reinforcing their belief that CA does not have their back. It is the only thing that everyone agrees on.
Players are divided on whether Paine should be chosen for the next series. As one insider put it: ‘There are those who think Tim should not be allowed to go back to the side because what he did was wrong, and those who think he should be because what CA did was wrong. Then there are those who don’t really care one way or another because cricket is ultimately a very individual sport. Many of the players would consider this situation only in light of how it affects their careers.
“Tim was unusual because in the past the Australian captaincy was always going for the best player. Tim isn’t even close to that, but after Sandpapergate they didn’t need the best player, they needed the best captain at the time. He did a pretty good job and all the players thought he was fine, unlike Michael Clarke. Now that has changed. Tim will no longer be the captain, so the players will wonder if I’ll be better or worse with someone else on the team. ”
The blame game
The inevitable wave of public debate that followed in the immediate aftermath of Australia’s biggest cricket scandal since… well, since the last one, it followed a familiar pattern: shock, outrage, recrimination and, of course, finding someone to blame. Unsurprisingly, most of the anger was initially directed at Paine, a married man who not only sent lewd messages and an explicit photo to a woman while his wife was pregnant with their second child, but worse in mind. of some people, he did it on the morning of an ash test.
Paine has been supported by his wife Bonnie, who says she has forgiven him for the incident.
But after the initial outrage subsided and the usual ‘he’s only human,’ ‘he who has no sin …’ statements of support began to appear from some of the world’s most humane and historically not sinless former sports stars. country, the mood began to soften. Finally, the ‘I Forgiven Him Years Ago and Our Relationship Is Better’ interview by Paine’s photogenic wife Bonnie pretty much made it clear.
This led to the focus of blame shifting to the other woman who, it must be said, has become an increasingly easy target, with her age (47), her pending court appearance, and the prior interaction of sexting with Paine’s brother-in-law getting a lot of comments. media attention in recent days.
All of which has been counteracted by a growing wave of support from certain sectors of the media and the public who have taken offense at the as-yet-unidentified woman being painted as the villain of the play. Rather, they believe that she is in fact the victim, having received an unsolicited photograph of Paine’s penis. (As one team member told me, ‘He’s on shaky ground because it’s not like she sent him a photo first.’)
Even Paine’s claim that their interaction was consensual is questionable, her supporters say, because the original texts and photograph were never found on Paine’s phone, and the woman was not interviewed on the matter by Cricket Tasmania or CA. All we have is Paine’s word.
It is interesting to note that some cricket journalists knew of the matter when it was originally investigated by the two cricket bodies three years ago, but nothing was ever written because it was discovered that Paine had no case to answer and therefore was not done. public no report. This begs the question: who leaked the details to the reporter who released the recent story? The obvious suspect is the woman, but this is not believed to be the case.
Paine is seen wiping tears while speaking to the media last Friday after the sexting scandal came to light. Resigned as test captain
The Australian cricket team was widely criticized after a ball handling scandal in 2018, now known as the ‘sandpapergate’
When Cricket Australia Chairman Richard Freudenstein said the former board was wrong by not firing Paine as captain in 2018, he might have thought he was enjoying a wave of public support all the way to the beach. Instead, it was thrown on his head. The players have turned against him, sections of the public have turned against him and, above all, Cricket Tasmania has turned against him. The service Freudenstein received from CT chief Andrew Gaggin was so forceful it could have been written by his fellow Tasmanian Jacqui Lambie. It will take a long time for Freudenstein to get all the sand out of his Speedos.
So what does all this mean for the future of Tim Paine, Australian cricket, and society itself?
First, Paine. Just over a week ago, you would have had a good chance that he would come out to face the Poms at the Gabba on December 8, but the tide is turning. Insiders believe CA was influenced by public sentiment when they left Paine adrift when the story hit the papers, and many believe they will now bow to public sentiment again and allow it to keep its baggy green.
Australian cricket? Well, the game is a tough beast. He’s bounced back from worse than this: Bodyline, WSC, Armpit Ball, Sandpapergate … and he’s going to survive some cheeky text and a shitty photo. What won’t be easily fixed is the division between the players and CA.
And what about the legal process as we know it? Lawyer and columnist Janet Albrechtsen wrote a very thoughtful article in The Australian on Tuesday asking the question: where are we headed as a society when employers can simply dismiss the results of a legally enforceable code of conduct if they fear the public in general? you will not like the result?
It all adds up to what I was told over and over while researching this article: “It’s a very complex subject.”
Indeed it is, but at least there is something positive for Australian cricketers as their team prepares to take on Old Enemy for the Ashes.
Hopefully, the players will put aside their animosity for coach Justin Langer during the series and direct it to Cricket Australia.
Cricket Tasmania learned of the texts in mid-2018, with an investigation by the organization and Cricket Australia clearing Paine of any breaches of the code of conduct.