Steven Smith broke down during his press conference in Sydney where he apologised for his actions during the third Test against South Africa.
This was the first press conference for Steve Smith after he was banned by Cricket Australia for one year after founding guilty in Ball Tampering.
In his press conference he apologized and asked for forgiveness.
“To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry. I’m sorry,” Smith said. “I take full responsibility … There 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.”
He could not keep control on his emotions and broke down a number of times during the press conference.
Here is how Twitter reacted on seeing the former Australian captain in tears:
They are regretting and hurting and will have to live with the consequences of their act. Spare a thought for their families as they have much to endure along with the players. Time for all of us to take a step back and give them some space.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 29, 2018
I may be getting emotional but @stevesmith49 doesn’t look to me a cheat. Don’t know about u but I see in him a desperate leader trying to win a Test match for his country, his team. Yes, indeed, his methods were questionable but let’s not label him corrupt #BallTamperingScandal pic.twitter.com/xOxAM45QXM
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 29, 2018
Just seen @stevesmith49’s press conference. As a parent, I’m gutted for him & his family!
Shout me down if you want, but I’m speaking as a parent!
It will get better mate!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 29, 2018
Hope in time I can earn forgiveness says Steve Smith.
He has already got mine.
Cricketers have done worse & never admitted their guilt.#StevenSmith
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 29, 2018
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 29, 2018
A year ban for ball tempering ?? That’s a joke.What kind of crime they have done ?Taking the game away from someone for a year is absolutely nonsense.understand if ban was for 1 test series or 2 but this is ridiculous.hope @CricketAus reduce th ban @stevesmith49 @davidwarner31
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 29, 2018
The world simply wants to see you cry, once you have cried they will feel satisfied and live happily ever after. If only Empathy was not just a Word and people still had it. God give @stevesmith49 and Bancroft all the strength to come out of this.🙏
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 30, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 29, 2018
Watching #stevensmith apologise and look broken is very sad. I’m sure the fans will forgive him . He looks beyond remorseful I hope and pray he will come out of this ordeal a better cricketer. The mental the emotional trauma I’m sure is bigger then Any ban. pic.twitter.com/FsDJcVs8Er
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 29, 2018
To err is human, but to own up isn't all that easy. Instead of sitting on moral high grounds let's give #SteveSmith credit for being honest & accepting his punishment. A captain takes more blame in a defeat and less credit in a win. Will await his return on the cricket field 🙂
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) March 29, 2018
At least Steve smith has the courage to admit like a man but absolutely gutted to see Steve smith breaking down @ the press conference & also they way people treating him @ Airport & in Australia its sad ..
leave that poor chap alone now ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 29, 2018