The woman involved in the bathroom tryst with All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has come forward in a statement to apologise following public backlash towards herself and the rugby star.
In a written statement, the woman involved in the romantic interaction in an airport disabled toilet in Christchurch, stated the interaction was “not of a sleazy nature” and that she had known Smith for several years.
The woman wrote she was originally averse to coming forward, but after “inaccurate rumours and significant breaches of privacy from the media” she chose to come forward and apologise for the incident.
She stated the pair had wished to have a private conversation in a private place, but noted it was a “thoughtless act which resulted in the hurt of many people” and concedes “a family bathroom was not the most appropriate place to do this”.
Aaron Smith played without spark in Chicago and it’s little wonder given his trial by public opinion. He will be back, but for now TJ Perenara should start for New Zealand — Craig Dowd writes.
New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith has made an emotional apology after he was suspended for Saturday’s Test against South Africa.
The woman would not go into further detail of what happened behind closed doors, “but confirm[s] it was not of a sleazy nature”.
Smith was on All Blacks duty at Christchurch airport following the Test match against the Springboks in September and was wearing All Blacks gear when the pair was spotted and filmed exiting the disabled bathroom.
The halfback was suspended from the All Blacks side for one game following the incident and the woman said she hoped the incident would not reflect negatively on Smith as an All Black.
The full statement:
“I was initially averse to making a public statement but due to the inaccurate rumours, invasive harassment and significant breaches of privacy from the media I feel that it is now necessary.
The incident that occurred at Christchurch airport between Aaron and me was a thoughtless act which resulted in the hurt of many people, and for that hurt I am truly remorseful.
Aaron and I have known each other for a number of years and have seen each other on and off in the past. We do not follow each other on social media and I was unaware that he had entered into a relationship during this time. I am not currently in a relationship with Aaron or with anybody else as indicated in the media.
While at the airport we wanted to have a private discussion in a private place, and I concede a family bathroom was not the most appropriate place to do this. I will not be elaborating on what happened behind closed doors but can confirm it was not of a sleezy nature. I respect Aaron as an athlete and do not consider it is appropriate to publically discuss his private life or my friendship with him. It does however take two to tango and I hold myself responsible for my involvement in the incident.
I can confirm my connection with Aaron, both presently and in the past has always been consensual and I have no complaints about his conduct or his demeanour towards myself. In the years I have known Aaron he has always expressed his commitment to the All Blacks as being paramount and has openly described his passion for rugby as being his primary focus in life. Therefore although the incident was a reflection on our joint lack of personal judgement, I do not believe it should reflect negatively on him as a player or on the NZRU as a professional body.
I have been in contract with Aaron since the incident and am satisfied with the way he has publically responded to the situation. I am unaware of his private explanation to his partner and do not wish to comment on this. I have not been contacted by the NZRU but do not believe this is necessary as this is a private matter.
I am genuinely apologetic to all parties involved but would now like to move on from the incident. I kindly request that the media please leave me alone now.”
Source Article from http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/story/_/id/18027328/woman-involved-smith-bathroom-tryst-claims-incident-not-sleazy-nature
Woman in Smith bathroom tryst breaks silence
www.espn.co.uk – RUGBY