Sydney: Australia cricketer Steve O’Keefe was recently charged by Cricket Australia for making highly inappropriate remarks under the influence of alcohol. The cricketer was also fined $20,000 for the offence.
The comments were reportedly directed towards New South Wales female cricketer Rachel Haynes, teammates and their partners and also included sexual remarks.
”He made comments to Rachel Haynes and her partner of a sexual nature but they weren’t homophobic,” Channel Nine journalist Neil Breen said. ”And if they were homophobic you would find he probably would have been banned from the game.
“…He’s admitted they were highly offensive, he’s fallen on his sword and he’s got the $20,000 fine and the ban from next year’s Matador Cup.
“Earlier in the evening he had a crack at a lot of people in the room, officials, he said things to teammates, he’s said things to the partners of teammates. Some people tried to get him out of the function. Inexplicably he was allowed into the after party after some of this behaviour.”
Breen also recalled a previous incident of drunken behaviour in which O’Keefe was involved.
”Last year in August when he came home from the Sri Lankan tour, very disappointed, he got on the booze and went to the Manly Steyne Hotel, got drunk was asked to leave, didn’t leave and the cops came,” he said.
“Then he said things to the police officers on that night like you think you’re so tough there with your gun and your badge, anyone can get a gun and a badge you just go to Goulburn and sit on your backside.
“…He gets on the drink, he’s got an issue.”...