John Smith says he has no regrets about his controversial “discipline” on wife and daughter and says his behaviour is “not something that I would ever condone”.
The NRL star, who has also been banned for four months from all contact with children and a suspended period of 18 months from the game, says he would not “ever” be able to be a father or mother in the same way.
“My wife and my kids are terrified of me.
They’re terrified of the things I say to them, of the comments I make to them and of my attitude,” he said.”
I’m very mature, I know what I’m doing.
You need to understand the rules. “
I’d never be in a position where I’m saying to my kids, ‘You need to learn about respect.
You need to understand the rules.
You have to be respectful’.”
If you’re going to be disrespectful, I’m not going to take it.
“Smith’s wife, Rhiannon, told the Herald Sun he had made “serious mistakes” in recent years, but said he had not yet lost his “love for the game”.”
I just want to thank everyone for their support and understanding,” Rhianno said.
Ricky Henderson, who also faces a ban, said his wife was “deeply saddened” by the news.”
She’s really disappointed in me and in the NRL and in myself for not standing up for myself,” he told the newspaper.”
But I think the boys, the fans, the media, the whole world are really going to support me in my fight for the NRL.
“The NRL is my club and I love it here.”
Ricky and Rhianni have two children, aged seven and four, who are the oldest in the family.
They said they hoped to be able “to share our joy and joy and love” with the family in the near future.
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