Candice Warner has made stunning new claims about the Australian ball-tampering scandal, suggesting there’s more to the story than we’ve been told.
During an intense grilling on Channel 7 reality show SAS Australia on Monday night, Candice was asked about the scandal that saw husband David banned for 12 months.
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Warner was banned by Cricket Australia, stripped of the vice-captaincy and told he could never hold a leadership role in the national team again.
It was believed Warner was the “architect” of the plan to tamper with the ball during a Test match against South Africa in 2018, with Cameron Bancroft carrying out the deed by rubbing it with sandpaper.
After copping a nine-month suspension, Bancroft implicated Warner as the mastermind of the scandal, saying his older teammate had “suggested” he tamper with the ball.
But according to Candice there might be more to the story.
When asked if her husband had tampered with the ball, Candice said: “No. That’s other people’s opinion. He has never said his part.
“Too many people I feel are quick to make a judgment or opinions on myself or my family.
“The media make us out to be people that we’re not - bad people, bad parents.”
In a revealing interview with Fox Sports in 2019, Bancroft said: “Dave suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in in the game and I didn’t know any better.
“I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued, really - as simple as that.
“The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in … you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake.”
Candice Warner opens up on Sonny Bill drama
During the infamous tour of South Africa in 2018, Candice was the target of cruel and shameless taunts from fans about her ‘toilet tryst’ with Sonny Bill Williams in 2007.
A number of fans wore masks with Williams’ face on them, while Warner was involved in an ugly stairwell altercation with South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who allegedly sledged him about his wife.
“There were incidents in South Africa where people were trying to make fun of me, mock me. Belittle me in front of my family,” Candice said on SAS Australia.
“Because of an incident that happened in the past. And they think it’s funny.”
Candice also opened up on the Sonny Bill incident, saying it brought “shame” on her family.
“In my early 20s I made a very big mistake,” she said.
“It is something I am not proud of but something I can never take back.
“I put myself in a situation where I shouldn’t have and because of that I brought embarrassment (and) shame to my family.”
Candice (then Candice Falzon before she was married) and Williams met at the Clovelly hotel in 2007 and were filmed by a member of the public in a toilet cubicle.
Candice, 22, was an elite ironwoman at the time and a 21-year-old Williams was at the start of his NRL career with the Bulldogs.
“I’ve made a mistake and I’m very, very sorry about it,” she said at the time.
“I’m conscious of my image as a sportswoman and I’ve got a responsibility to young people. Young girls look up to me.”
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