Cricket

Kallis leaps to Smith's defence

2015-05-10 15:08
Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - In light of recent media coverage around Greame Smith's impending divorce from wife Morgan, Jacques Kallis has come forward, expressing his support for his former Proteas skipper.

In a statement released by Kallis, he called for privacy and slammed certain media for portraying "one side of the story and not the other".

The Sunday Times was ordered to apologise to Smith on Friday, following its headline story in the weekend newspaper on March 8.

Kallis went onto state that "many of the facts’" published in the media are "completely incorrect".

"Graeme has insisted that any reply in the media would be in bad taste and that the children would be the victims," said Kallis.

"It has been difficult for those of us who know Graeme well to stand by and watch as these articles are written.

"I have literally grown up with Graeme, as have many of our colleagues in the cricketing community, and many of us are close friends on and off the pitch.

"There is little we don’t know about each other given the amount of time we spent together both in South Africa and on tour.

"Graeme has always provided for Morgan and their children.

"While we were on tour, Morgan had a full time nanny on every occasion to help her. Today, she still has a full time nanny and house-keeper, and lives in a beautiful home in Cape Town, paid for by Graeme.

"The accusations made against Graeme in the media are outrageous. They are unfair and untrue."

Kallis also said that he felt unsettled and upset at suggestions that Smith's attendance of the Cricket World Cup in Australia was to avoid being in contact with his family when news of the divorce became public.

"It is utter rubbish and seems deliberately designed to hurt," read the statement further.

Kallis cited that the reason for Smith being in Australia was purely for professional reasons, in order to earn an income due to his retirement from competitive cricket.

South Africa's leading Test run-scorer also stood by Smith's decision to remain silent on the matter.

"Graeme (Smith) deserves our respect for the manner in which he has conducted himself, both during his marriage and subsequently.

"With so much that he could say to defend himself, he has still done the decent thing and stayed silent. 

"None of us are surprised at this, and nor should anyone else be.

"Those of us who know him well know that he is a dedicated father, a good friend, generous to a fault and one of the most decent men you could ever meet.

"I am proud to call him my friend," concluded Kallis.

           

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