Former Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine knew the possible repercussions before sending a woman an image of his penis – but text it anyway.
The wicketkeeper sent the photo to a female co-worker along with a stream of lewd text messages in November 2017, sparking his shock resignation on Friday.
It has since emerged the pair discussed what would happen if the photo ever ‘got out’.
The woman had sent a text saying ‘we are both f**ked if this got out’. Paine then responded by sending the photo of his penis with the caption ‘true, so f**ked’, the Herald Sun reported.
Former Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine (pictured with wife Bonnie) knew the possible repercussions before sending another woman a lewd image of his penis – but text it anyway
The 36-year-old has stepped aside as captain of the Aussie cricket team (pictured in action against England in November 207 on day one of the first Test just hours after his lewd text exchange)
Both the woman and Paine knew if the illicit exchange ever went public, they were both in dire straits
The woman then tried to change the subject, but a persistent Paine then said ‘will you want to taste my ***?? F**k me, I’m seriously hard’.
When the woman again ignored his blunt advances after texting ‘I thought we were resting hands???’ he responded with ‘can’t rest them when I’m this hard!! Need to ease the tension … Finish me off with those lips then… (Wink emoji) #trust’.
The pair exchanged racy texts on the morning of the first day of the Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane back in November of 2017 – it was Paine’s first game for Australia in seven years.
The following June the woman filed a complaint, stating she was ‘offended by Paine’s sexually explicit, unwelcome and unsolicited photograph in addition to the graphic sexual comments’.
Following an integrity investigation by the Australian Cricketers Association, Paine was exonerated as it deemed a ‘private matter between consenting individuals.’
On Friday afternoon, when Paine, 36, stood down as skipper of Australia once the text exchange went public, the ACA said via a statement they were ‘saddened’ by the decision.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association has leapt to the defence of Tim Paine, stating he should not have stood down as Test skipper after his role in a historical sexting scandal was exposed (pictured, Tim Paine with his wife Bonnie)
Australian cricket great Mark Waugh believes Tim Paine’s Test career is over after the sexting scandal was made public news on Friday
The father-of-two tearfully resigned as the captain of the Australian cricket team on Friday afternoon, a short time after he learned the sexting scandal from 2017 would be made public
‘While regrettable, this was a historical mistake,’ the statement read.
‘Tim humbly recognised the respect that comes with the Australian captaincy and his resignation reflects the esteem in which he held the role he served so well in a trying period for Australian cricket.’
The statement went on to outline Paine played ‘a crucial role in restoring pride back in the Australian team’ following his 2018 appointment and despite his mistake, he has ‘the full and unequivocal support of the ACA.’
Fox Sports commentator Mark Waugh said he will be stunned if Paine is given an opportunity to again don his baggy green this summer and beyond.
‘I’d say it’s going to be tough for him to hold his spot in the team now,’ he told 2GB’s Jim Wilson.
‘He’s 36 years of age, he’s coming back from injury, and now he’s got this scandal hanging over his head.
‘There’s a lot of things against Tim Paine now.’
Waugh expects vice-captain Pat Cummins to take over as skipper, with Steve Smith – who stood down from the top job in 2018 soon after the infamous ball tampering scandal in South Africa – his likely deputy.
He also believes Alex Carey will be Australia’s new face behind the stumps for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane next month.
Cricket Australia chair, Richard Freudenstein, said the board accepted Paine’s resignation before pointing out he was ‘cleared of any breach of the code of conduct regarding this matter some years ago.’
On Friday afternoon in an emotional press conference, Paine relinquished his coveted role after details of his lewd behaviour publicly emerged.
Paine, who has led the team since the ‘Sandpapergate’ scandal in 2018, tearfully apologised and announced he would step aside.
Cricket Australia was not aware of the messages until after Paine was appointed Test captain in March 2018 in the wake of the ball-tampering episode.
Tim Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie for the ‘hurt and pain’ he caused her when he sent lewd messages to a female colleague
Tim Paine’s wife Bonnie (pictured) is understood to have previously learned of the texts to the colleague but chose to stand by her husband
While news broke of the scandal on Friday, Paine said he and his wife worked through the betrayal at the time and that she’d forgiven and supported him
Paine was brought in as the saviour of Australian cricket in 2018 after captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended, along with opener Cameron Bancroft.
The trio was caught on camera using concealed sandpaper to rough up the ball during the tour of South Africa.
Paine’s wife Bonnie, whom he has been married to for five years, was also aware of the illicit messages – but chose to stick by her husband.
‘Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and still do today,’ Paine told reporters on Friday.
‘I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support.
Australia test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of raunchy text to a female Cricket Tasmania colleague
Paine was the shock new face of Australian cricket in 2018 after captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended, along with opener Cameron Bancroft
‘We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years.
‘However, I recently became aware that this private text exchange was going to become public.
‘On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the wider community.
‘I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family, and to the other party. I’m sorry for any damage that this does to the reputation of our sport.’
Tim Paine’s rise and dramatic fall in sexting scandal
Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change ends during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia on Jan. 9, 2021
2010: Tim Paine makes his Test debut against Pakistan, replacing injured Brad Haddin, but is dumped upon the incumbent’s return
April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs
November 17, 2017: Granted shock recall for Ashes series
November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a female coworker on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The pair had exchanged texts throughout the year
January 2018: Selected for squad to tour South Africa
March 25, 2018: Appointed interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner stood down over ‘sandpapergate’ ball tampering scandal
March 28, 2018: Paine is appointed captain for the 4th Test of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side
April 2018: Awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia
June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania become aware of the messages and launch an investigation, following a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was exonerated during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages but chose to stick by him
2018 – 2021: Paine continues as Test captain, retaining the Ashes in England in 2019
November 19, 2021: Paine steps down as full details of the explicit messages surface