‘He’s almost hit the tee and missed the ball!’
Queensland batsman Chris Lynn apologised on Thursday over a series of remarks on Twitter concerning assault allegations levelled against NRL player Ben Te’o.
Te’o released a statement on Wednesday saying he had not “acted improperly” after a Brisbane woman said she was left bleeding and abandoned with a fractured eye socket from an alleged assault by him.
Lynn then sent three tweets that concerned the woman and looked to discredit her allegations, before deleting them.
Queensland Cricket released a statement on Thursday confirming it is still investigating Lynn’s “inappropriate posting” on the social media website.
The 23-year-old said in the statement he was sorry for his posts.
“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.”
Lynn’s gaffe follows David Warner’s expletive-laden Twitter rant against News Ltd journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn.
Warner was fined $5750 by Cricket Australia (CA) and expressed remorse on Thursday.
Given Lynn is not a CA contracted player, any sanction would be handed out by his state organisation.
“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,” acting Queensland Cricket chief executive Richard 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.”