Deeply Sorry for Pain I’ve Caused’: FULL STATEMENT as Aussie Test Captain Tim Paine

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Tim Paine has retired as Australia’s captain ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series, citing a 2017 sexting controversy with a coworker.

Paine confessed over his conduct in an emotional news conference, but stated he was ‘exonerated’ by a Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania inquiry at the time.

He also stated that he will remain a member of the team.

Full Statement

“I’m announcing today that I’m stepping down as captain of Australia’s men’s cricket team. It’s a difficult choice, but it’s the best one for me, my family, and cricket.”

“To give you some context for my choice, about four years ago, I was embroiled in a text discussion with a then-colleague. At the time, the correspondence was the subject of an extensive Cricket Australia Integrity Unit investigation, in which I completely and freely engaged.

That inquiry, as well as a concurrent Cricket Tasmania HR probe, concluded that there had been no violation of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct. Despite being exonerated, I sincerely regretted the incident at the time, and I still do.”

“At the time, I spoke with my wife and family, and I am eternally thankful for their forgiveness and support.” We assumed that this event was behind us and that I could return to focusing only on the team, as I had done for the previous three or four years. However, I recently learned that this private text discussion will be made public. In retrospect, my actions in 2017 do not satisfy the standards of an Australian cricket captain, much alone the larger society. I’m genuinely sorry for causing my wife, family, and the other person so much anguish and pain.”

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“I apologies for the damage this has done to our sport’s reputation.” I believe it is the best choice for me to quit as captain now. I don’t want this to be an unpleasant distraction for the squad ahead of the crucial Ashes series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as captain of the Australian cricket team. Leading the Australian men’s test squad has been the biggest honor of my sports career.

I’m grateful for my colleagues’ support and pleased of what we’ve accomplished together. I beg pardon and understanding from them. To Australian cricket fans, I apologies for my previous behavior affecting our game on the eve of the Ashes.”

“I sincerely apologies for the disappointment I have caused fans and the whole cricket community.” I’ve been blessed with a lovely, loving, and supporting family, and it aches my heart to realize how much I’ve disappointed them. They’ve always been my most devoted supporters, and I’m grateful for their help.

“I will continue to be a committed member of the Australian cricket squad and look forward to what will be a memorable Ashes tour. Thank you, a lot.”

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