Steve Smith, the former Australian captain spoke to the media on Thursday and spoke through his long statement of sorrow, apology and disappointment.
The Aussie player has been one of the three who was accused for ball tampering during the 3rd test in Cape Town between South Africa and Australia. Disturbing images and videos were released when Smith was rushed by the South African police amid a throng of people chanting many of the derogatory comments that have been synonymous to the act of work.
But the devastated Steve himself attended a press conference and gave his statement. It was an emotional, heart wracking one for the cricket fraternity to take-
“To all of my team-mates, to fans of cricket all over the world, and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry, I’m sorry,” Smith said in his statement at Sydney airport. “What happened in Cape Town has already been laid out by Cricket Australia. Tonight, I want to make clear that as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgment, and I now understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership, of my leadership. I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake, and the damage it’s caused.
“If any good can come of this, if there can be a lesson to others, then I hope I can be a force for change. I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my life. I’m absolutely gutted. I hope in time, I can earn back respect and forgiveness. I’ve been so privileged and honoured to represent my country and captain the Australian cricket team. Cricket is the greatest game in the world. It’s been my life and I hope it can be again. I’m sorry and I’m absolutely devastated.”
Steve Smith won the Ashes as an Australian captain
He was seemingly gutted and devastated and wanted to apologize all the children who have idolized him as a player, and also apologized to his parents.
“Firstly that I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love,” he said. “Anytime you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you’re affecting. You’re affecting your parents, and to see how my old man’s been … and my mum, it hurts. I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain I’ve, I guess, brought to Australia and the fans and the public. It’s devastating and I’m truly sorry.”