Candice Warner has reacted to the Tim Penn sexting scandal by targeting Cricket Australia’s double standards.
Candice Warner believes Cricket Australia is working on two different criteria in the Tim Penn sexting scandal.
Penn resigned as Australian cricket captain at an emotional press conference last Friday when a series of obscene lessons came out between him and a former Cricket Tasmania employee from 2017.
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Wicketkeeper Cricket Australia was the subject of an investigation that cleared him of any wrongdoing, but questions have been raised about the governing body, particularly Penn, who was named captain in the infamous Sandpapergate scandal.
Warner, the wife of Australian cricket star David, feels uncomfortable with CA putting Penn into a different level of accountability than when he was a player.
“They (CA) are basically saying that it is not okay for the Australian cricket captain to send these messages, but it is okay for an Australian player,” Warner told 2GB Radio.
“As the wife of an Australian player, this is a little bit disturbing and it makes me anxious.”
Although Penn has resigned as captain, he intends to play a role in the Ashes and help the team maintain its famous reputation.
It remains to be seen whether he will make the final cut for the first Test, which starts in Brisbane on December 8, but according to Warner, Tasmanian Test teammates are rallying around the former captain and, more importantly, his family.
“They (the Australian Test team) are really focused on the first game,” said Warner.
“I think there are reports that the players have come around and are supporting him, but it’s also about supporting his family in a really difficult situation.”
If Penn lands on the Ashes, he will, of course, be greeted with a lot of jokes from the Burmese army.
Prominent English support groups have begun drafting new songs in anticipation, and both Warners are well aware of what it feels like to be the target of their tunes.
“I don’t know if Tim Payne will handle it (the Burmese Army), or if he’ll have to handle it,” Warner said.
“But in the case of David and me, you’ve definitely seen it.
“I know, David, it’s like, ‘If they’re singing about me (David), they’re worried about me.’
“So David uses it as a fuel for fire and for going.
“How you want to take it. It can affect people.”
Originally published Candice Warner weighs in on Tim Penn’s sexting scandal