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Chris Lynn apologises for Twitter comments

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 23, 2013

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Chris Lynn, the Queensland batsman, has become the second Australian cricketer in a week to find himself in trouble over remarks made on Twitter. Queensland Cricket has confirmed it will investigate Lynn's use of his Twitter account to comment on the assault allegations made against rugby league player Ben Te'o by a Brisbane woman.

Te'o vehemently denies the accusations of assault and police said on Wednesday they were no longer investigating the alleged incident. Lynn tweeted that "The girl accusing Ben Teo is bad news" and then agreed with another tweeter, who had said "She should serve 2 months in jail for her make up! #booyah". Lynn replied that "She definately (sic) should!" and went on to tweet: "it does my head in ..."

Although the tweets have since been deleted, Lynn on Thursday apologised for his comments. "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."

Queensland Cricket's acting chief executive Richard Powell said the organisation would look in to the matter. "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."

Lynn's tweets have served as another warning to cricketers about the dangers of posting on Twitter after David Warner was fined A$5750 for his angry tweets at two journalists this week.

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Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Jcmchilleny, the matters been dismissed by police and the ensuing trial by media is only impacting te'o (and to a lesser extent Boyd and Norman)

From a professional sportsman's point of view, who would undoubtedly be the targets of such false allegations - the unwarranted damage to their public profile is a heated topic. I have no problem with Lynn's opinion, however I do think he shouldn't have expressed it in that manner, on that medium,

Going back to your point, violence against women cannot be tolerated, however when the accused is a high profile sportsman (especially Rl players) it usually plays out to being guilty before being proven innocent (e.g. Brett Stewart issue) - and this is truly a perversion of the justice system.

Posted by Clyde on (May 24, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Journalists have constantly to consider whether what they publish is true, fair and in the public interest. Articles are considered by up to a dozen staff, if you take the whole production line of a newspaper as an example. These rules and quality-control measures exist in part because the reader (or listener, etc.), whose reaction must be taken into account, by law, is not present. If something unpublishable, by journalistic standards, is published on and by Twitter, for example, the offender writer, e.g. Warner, is rightly confronted in person and penalised. The publisher (or co-publisher, at least), is not, apparently, castigated and penalised. A Tweet is public, to the extent the medium of Twitter is public and a mass mediium. One must wonder why a Twitter comment can be considered by its author to be kind of private or personal, and how it can be anything other than gratuitous if it is not all of true, fair and in the public interest.

Posted by Yuji9 on (May 23, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Twitter, hmmm, 'normal people expressing opinions", hmmm. A sociology or psychology student would have a field day comparing this generation to the previous list of players that have worn the Baggy Green. It may be "normal" just by sheer weight of social conformity but it does nothing other than spread the cult of narcissism and ego worship. The problem with the tweets of modern players is not that they are 'on the mark', or too close to truth, nor is it due to a politically correct clamp down. The problem is that the tweets are Dumb, Un-Educated, Ill-informed, Cringe-worthy and reflect a massive massive shift in the integrity and personal character of the modern cricketer. The results are in people: Modern society, twitter accounts and T20 cricket culture produces no more great deep thinking cricketers - no more philosophers, no more poetic insights - No. It's all gone and been replaced by the modern brat who never finished high school but is a millionaire. Can't spell can only tweet

Posted by leave_it_to_the_umps on (May 23, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Twitter is all about expressing personal views so not sure why that would be an inappropriate forum - the question of whether his personal view is inappropriate or not is completely different.

I dont understand all this hooha about twitter comments... it is a forum that all of us normal people use to express our personal opinions about whatever we want to talk about and everyone knows that we are just a person expressing a personal opinion and if you dont like our personal opinion then you dont follow us!

I follow Joey Barton who regularly goes on bigger more offensive rants than either of these two have done and that is part of why I follow him cos he is interesting and you never know what he is going to say next! Doesnt mean i have to agree with everything he says and if I really dont like what he says i have the option to just un-follow him!

I would be upset if everyone on twitter was boring and PC and in fact would probably stop using it!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Unless Lynn has first-hand knowledge of the incident, he has no idea whether the allegations were factual or not. He has apologised for making the tweets but he has also said that their content is his personal opinion, so that's what he thinks regardless. Making jokes about women who are potentially victims of violence and abuse doesn't appear to condone it; it does condone it. Every snide remark makes it harder for a women to make a genuine complaint in the first place and harder for genuine complaints to be prosecuted.

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