Australian Cricket again forced to go into social media damage control. A day after handing down a fine to David Warner for a Twitter rand against journalists, Cricket Australia has been left red-faced by another social media faux pas.
Queensland batsman Chris Lynn, via his Twitter account, weighed in on the NRL rugby league assault scandal that is dominating sporting headlines.
The offending message, which has been since taken down, started by calling the alleged victim a “psycho”.
Lynn also said the woman who is said to have been assaulted by South Sydney player Ben Te’o, was “bad news.”
But a remorseful Lynn said he realised his words might have portrayed Te’o as the victim in the incident, which is still being investigated by the NRL and South Sydney.
“It was inappropriate to express my personal view on a forum like Twitter and I apologise whole-heartedly for that to the individual involved,’” Lynn said.
“Violence against women is not acceptable and I’m sorry that my words could been seen to condone that.”
Acting Queensland Cricket CEO Richard Powell said Lynn had been made away of his responsibility as a contracted player not to violate rules which had been set in place.
“Chris has been contacted and has apologised to us for his tweet. But regardless we will now conduct a formal investigation and advise a course of action in due course,” Powell said.
“We take such matters seriously and educate our players accordingly. Players are aware of the consequences of their actions on social media or in any other public forums.”