Candice Warner, wife of banned cricketer David Warner has blamed herself for the recent ball-tampering scandal.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Candice said that the abuse from South African fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks took a toll on her husband.
The masks refer to a sexual encounter between Candice and rugby player Williams in 2007. There were even reports that South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock allegedly also voiced the same to Warner during the first test which led to the ugly dressing room fight between Warner and de Kock.
"I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me — it's absolutely killing me," Candice broke down while giving an interview to the newspaper.
However, Candice said that she is not trying to excuse the ball-tampering incident that saw Warner getting banned for a year.
"I never want to do a 'poor me' story or anything like that whatsoever. But seeing them wearing the masks, to have people staring and pointing and laughing at me, to have the signs, to have, you know, the songs made up about me, I would have to sit there and cop that.
"And he (David) had to just cope with it, he was protecting me as much as he could and protecting the girls," she said.
Candice further stated that the entire incident has left Warner an "emotional wreck".
"I'm sure there were things he wanted to say but he just couldn’t get it out. He is hurting. He is seriously, seriously struggling and he’s not in a great headspace."
Addressing the media on Saturday, Warner broke down saying "we let our country down" while Candice sat in the audience.
"To the fans and the lovers of the game who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me," he said.
"I apologise unreservedly for my part in this and I am sorry.
"To all Australians, whether you're a cricket fan or not, I apologise for my actions and I'm sorry for the impact those actions have had on our country's reputation.
"I can honestly say I've only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket. In striving to do so, I've made a decision that has had the opposite effect and it's one that I will regret for as long as I live," Warner said.