Styris let-off lightly for his expletive texts

July 8th, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris have sent a tirade of expletive text messages to former team-mate turned columnist Mark Richardson over an article that criticised the black caps. A New Zealand Cricket (NZC) spokesman said Tuesday that no formal action would be taken against Styris, although he would be reminded his behaviour was inappropriate.

“Chief executive Justin Vaughan will talk to the Players’ Association and to Scott Styris but we will not take any formal action against Scott,” the spokesman said.

“He will be left in no doubt that that was not appropriate behaviour.”

Styris sent the texts after Richardson’s newspaper column quoted opinions on the fourth ODI in England when Grant Elliott was controversially run out after colliding with Ryan Sidebottom.

Richardson sympathised with English captain Paul Collingwood and said he did the right thing throwing it over to the umpires.

Richardson informally complained to Vaughan about the texts.

The first message from Styris sarcastically thanked Richardson for the article before describing him as a “geriatric —-head,” reports New Zealand Herald.

He has then reportedly added: “We hope you die choking on your own —- that you speak.”

Styris then used more expletives in a second text and abused Richardson again as a “scribe/hack/journo/wannabe journo”.

Richardson had said that New Zealand had to be careful about casting stones in the wake of their decision to run Muttiah Muralitharan out in a Test match in 2006 after he left his crease while the ball was still “live” to congratulate his team-mate Kumar Sangakkara, who made a century.

Styris later acknowledged that the language used in the texts was unacceptable.

“When I read Mark’s article I was pretty fired up about it and flicked him a text message,” Styris was quoted as saying in the New Zealand Herald.

“I have since apologised to him for the tone of the text messages. The words I used in them were pretty volatile but I have apologised to him.”

Richardson received the texts in the middle of the night and later forwarded an informal complaint to New Zealand Cricket’s chief executive, Justin Vaughan, who is attending the International Cricket Council board meeting in Dubai and also spoke to Players’ Association manager Heath Mills.

“While the language used in the messages were unacceptable to say the least, and we in no way condone that, Scott has apologised for the language he used and the matter should go no further,” Mills said.

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