Saturday, March 31, 2018

May God bless Australian ex vice-captain David Warner and help him recover; In public statement to cricket fans, Warner sincerely apologizes for betrayal of their trust and hopes to earn their respect again; He takes full responsibility for his part

Warner apologises but leaves out the detail, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-j-vLU8XtU, around 11 mins by cricket.com.au dated 30th March 2018.

Given below is the transcript of David Warner's statement which starts from the beginning of above video. I have not provided the Q & A transcript.

[Australian ex vice-captain David Warner:] First of all I'd like to thank you all for coming this morning.

To the fans and the lovers of the game who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me. I have let you down badly. I hope in time I can find a way to repay you for all you've given me and possibly earn your respect again.

To my teammates and support staff, I apologise for my actions and I take full responsibility for my part in what happened on day three in the Newlands Test. To Cricket Australia, I apologise for my actions and the effect it has had on our game under your care and control. I want you to know that I fully support your review into the culture of the Australian cricket team. To South Africa - the players, administrators and fans - I apologise unreservedly for my part in this and I am sorry. I brought the game into disrepute on your soil. South Africa is a fine cricketing nation and deserves better from its guests and deserves better from me.

To all Australians, whether you're a cricket fan or not, I apologise for my actions. I'm sorry for the impact those actions have had on our country's reputation. I can honestly say I have only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket. In striving to do so, I have made a decision which has had the opposite effect and it's one that I'll regret for as long as I live. I do realise that I'm responsible for my own actions and the consequences that that brings. It's heartbreaking to know that I will not be taking the field with my teammates that I love and respect and that I have let down. Right now it is hard to know what comes next but first and foremost, [David Warner becomes very emotional and struggles to speak] is the wellbeing of my family.

In the back of my mind, I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again but I'm resigned to the fact that that may never happen (again). But in the coming weeks and months, I'm going to look at how this has happened and who I am as a man. To be honest, I am not sure right now how I will do this. I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes. I want to apologise to my family. Especially my wife and daughters. Your love means more than anything to me, I know I would not be anything without you. I'm very sorry for putting you through this and I promise you that I'll never put you in this position again.

Before I take questions, I want to again say thank you, I take full responsibility for my part in what happened and I am deeply sorry for the consequences of what I was involved in. I failed in my responsibilities as vice-captain of the Australian cricket team.

--- end statement of Australian ex vice-captain David Warner ---

Ravi: Like in the case of Australian ex captain Steve Smith's similar media interaction (here's my post on it: http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2018/03/may-god-bless-australian-captain-steve.html), I am deeply touched by the suffering that Mr. David Warner is going through now. I think it is genuine suffering as he seems to have realized the consequences of his actions as part of the team leadership (vice-captain).

Mr. Warner has done the absolutely right thing by accepting responsibility for his role in the ball-tampering cheating that took place and which was allegedly suggested by him. In this conference, Mr. Warner did not touch upon whether he made that suggestion even when questioned about it. He was asked "Did you orchestrate this scandal? Was it your idea?" Mr. Warner responded: "As I said, I'm here to take full responsibility for the part that I played in this. It's extremely regrettable, I'm very sorry. I really just want to move on from this." [Ref: https://www.cricket.com.au/news/david-warner-press-conference-transcript-steve-smith-cameron-bancroft-ball-tampering/2018-03-31.]

My view is that we should not dig further. Both Smith and Warner have profusely apologized, understood the grave consequences of their actions which have brought disrepute to the game at the top international level and tarnished Australian cricket and Australian sport, and seem to have accepted the 12 month suspension punishment given (as they have not suggested an appeal). They and their families (and perhaps friends too) are going through excruciating agony now. I think the cricketing fraternity (players, administrators, commentators, writers, sponsors and fans) should now give all three persons - Smith, Warner and Bancroft - the emotional space to recover from this crisis in their lives.

I repeat what I wrote in my post about Steve Smith media interaction: We all make mistakes. I certainly have made more than my fair share of mistakes in life, and may still trip up in future. The important thing is to recognize that the mistake was made, apologize to those who have been hurt by the mistake, seek forgiveness, and then move on with life with a determination to avoid repeating that mistake.
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Warner has not explicitly asked for forgiveness but there is no doubt whatsoever that he is repenting for the grave error he made. He has also clearly accepted that he made a grave error and has apologized profusely for it.

Therefore, in my considered opinion, David Warner now deserves full support from the cricket community worldwide to help him recover. I earnestly pray to Almighty God to shower His Grace on David Warner and his family and friends who have been impacted by this matter, and help them recover from it.

[I thank cricket.com.au (and David Warner) and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above transcript-snippet from their video on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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