This is David Warner* putting another gem into the non-apology archives:
Warner has also made a public apology for his actions. “I just want to apologise for the way it played out,” he told CA’s website. “I regret that situation that happened. I’m sorry for the people I may have let down, our fans and people back home. and even my family. But at the end of the day when there’s a vile comment that’s made I’ll keep continuing to stick up for my family because that’s the most important thing to me.”
He’s not apologising for his own actions, but for the ‘way it played out’. He doesn’t regret his own behaviour, but he regrets the ‘situation’. He’s not sorry for the people he let down, he’s sorry for the people he ‘may’ have let down. All very impersonal. It’s as though he’s been reading Theodore Dalrymple for tips. And then, like any good Dalrymple subject, he ends up by trying to justify his behaviour after all.
I recently read that Warner is considering a political career after cricket. Well, he’s got the weasel-word aspect of the job down already.
(My point here is not to bash Warner for his behaviour, because it’s not clear what really went on, and it wasn’t that bad anyway. I just like to dissect these non-apologies.)
*For those of you who don’t follow cricket, he’s an Australian cricketer of somewhat aggressive demeanour, and the incident in question involved him reacting angrily to a bit of whispered abuse from a South African player in a stairwell.