Vincent’s statement

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Have to give full marks to for his statement:

My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat.

I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing.

I have lived with this dark secret for many years, but just months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth.

It’s a truth that has rightly caused uproar and controversy in New Zealand and around the world.

I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud.

I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. I had to put things right.
Speaking out. Exposing the truth. Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right.

The time has come for me to now face them like a man and accept the consequences, whatever they may be. …

Today is the day I offer my deepest apologies to the public and the cricketing world, to the loyal fans, to the dedicated coaches, staff and all players past and present. …

It is entirely my fault that I will never be able to stand in front of a game again. It is entirely my fault that I will not be able to apply my skills in a positive way to help future cricketers.

But it is entirely possible that I can use this moment to convince others not to be tempted by wrongdoing. To do the right thing for themselves, for their families and friends, and for the sport they love.

I accept my punishment and I thank you for [reading] my statement.

He has been banned for life. Hopefully that sends out a signal.

Will others own up to their part?

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28 Responses to “Vincent’s statement”

  1. MT_Tinman (3,187 comments) says:

    Full marks?

    He should be taken outside and shot – slowly!

    Full marks indeed – for bloody shadowing the test team’s first away series win in years?

    Full marks for being a bloody cheat and not forgoing his very-ill gotten gains?

    No, shooting’s too good for the bastard, hang him and sell the rope as a tow rope!

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  2. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Let’s bear in mind that he is Australian born.

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  3. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    Sooo. what about Cairns? was Vincent lying about that too?

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  4. JMS (330 comments) says:

    He should be taken outside and shot – slowly!

    for christ sake, it’s only sport.

    a hundred worse things happen every day in this country.

    Assaults, burglaries, you name it.

    Let’s get some perspective here.

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  5. Maxx (12 comments) says:

    I smell a book deal in the works…

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  6. Dom Knots (155 comments) says:

    i wonder if once upon a time an apology was an apology for no other reason than it was one. Now days every man and his dog that gets fingered (it usually takes being fingered before the admittance is made – rather than of one’s own volition) has a tear in the corner of their eye and a reasonably well scripted 7 or 8 line note as the magic wand to full and expected forgiveness. Some time back not to long ago some weasel caught on to that fact and it has been working ever since. We all make mistakes but by christ it would be so much better if those of us committing the transgressions had the decency not to in the first place.

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  7. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    Full marks? Come on what sort of nonsense is that.
    For overshadowing the good media NZ Cricket currently has when our real Cricket players actually win a series?
    Nah
    F*** off Vincent. Get off the stage.

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    I have zero interest in sport but I’m sick of these “apologies” that say “…if I’ve upset anyone…” as if
    a) wrong equates to the degree of “upset” it causes
    b) the worst aspect of the wrongdoing was the upset
    c) if only all these sensitive people weren’t so irrationally upset then heck, it’d hardly be classed as wrong in the first place
    d) and usually there’s a hint of “the real victim in all of this is me”.

    Vincent seems to have avoided this, clearly outlined his wrongdoing, not tried to excuse it, and apologised for it. To carp about that seems to be damning if he does, yet clearly he’d have been damned if he didn’t.

    Personally I’d be happy to hear as robust an apology offered in other areas of life. Maybe something like “I am a [former] Cabinet Minister. Here’s how much I accepted from Mr Liu to sell out my country by devaluing its citizenship… I’m sorry and you’ll never hear from me in any public office again”.

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  9. Richard Hurst (859 comments) says:

    So when will Cunliffe be making a similar statement?

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  10. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Humans are fallible. This is shown up every day. He might have chosen a poor time to issue this statement, but I agree with DPF, good on him for doing so and I think we should all acknowledge human frailties. Anyone can make egregious errors, and I’m soft enough to think we should accept people’s apologies. Good on Lou. I hope he sorts his life out.

    Disclaimer: My brother played Cricket with Vincent at some stage and I used to know him a little.

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  11. KathyS (18 comments) says:

    I’m with you on this, DF. He’s apologised fully, with no excuses, and humbled himself. I’m not interested in whether it’s part of some cynical PR campaign. He fucked up in a major way and he’s not spared himself in laying it bare.

    Now I want the bigger fish to be fried.

    And this takes nothing away from the good work done in the Carribean.

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  12. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    I hope the incompetents and self-servers in world cricket administration actually go after the big fish once they have stopped their self-congratulations.

    They are spinning a life ban as a huge scalp but in reality Vincent was at the bottom of the food chain.

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  13. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Her hear Rex.

    For once in a blue moon, somebody mans up with a real apology and not one of the passive “IF ANY” form… e.g. I’m sorry IF my robbing you caused you ANY hurt / anguish / loss…

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  14. Nookin (3,344 comments) says:

    “He should be taken outside and shot – slowly!”

    I like the sentiment. It reminds me of a story about a judge who was told that he could not impose the death penalty on a particular defendant. The penalty imposed was that the prisoner was to be taken outside and hung from the neck until extremely unhappy.

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  15. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Banned for life?!?!!

    So he can play again in 10-15 years?

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  16. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    He’s just been banned for life and is still subject to a criminal investigation in the UK, where at least some of the fixed matches took place. Why on earth would anyone else want to confess? It’s not like Vincent got some sort of leniency here.

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  17. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    When he’s 53? What, Presidents Grade?

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  18. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    Good statement from Vincent.

    People make mistakes and I for one think he has paid a fair price for his and should be allowed to get along with life.

    Similar to how reformed criminals sometimes can be admired for the work they do post criminality.

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  19. Tarquin North (298 comments) says:

    His greatest crime was that hideous shirt he wore in every photo I’ve seen.

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  20. Ben2001 (26 comments) says:

    It may send a signal but it is too late and the damage has been done. I find it impossible to take cricket seriously anymore. A few years ago I would have been delighted at NZ winning in the Windies. Now at best I am indifferent at worst cynically wondering about the result.

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  21. David Garrett (7,289 comments) says:

    Cactus: You are very harsh…

    I would like everyone to bear in mind that this man has had ongoing struggles with the Black Dog…he has admitted his frailty in that regard, and it has been reported by other media…His statement is a pretty major league “mea culp”…that’s probably enough, isn’t it?

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  22. stephieboy (3,091 comments) says:

    Good one DG. Exactly my feelings. I think and liken Lou Vincent to the monumental tragedy of Donald Crowhurst who attempted to cheat the single handed Sunday Times Golden Globe race and died in the process.
    There are various ways he can redeem himself by e.g working for some aid or charitable organization in maybe say South Asia.People do fall over and fall short and there are those who are prepared to help pick them up again.

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  23. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    Who gives a fuck if we cheat? We just beat the Windies at home!!! :)

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  24. Crusader (314 comments) says:

    He says he will be banned from going to international cricket matches. How will they stop him? Give all security guards on the gate a picture of him? “He shall not pass!” If he wanted to, he could slip in through the general chaos that is an entry gate, with a hat down over his eyes any day.

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  25. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    I bet he’s about as popular in his old cricket club as a drone in the club rooms.

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  26. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    Yes we all know Louser has depression. How? Because he told us all several years ago in more tell all interviews. Now looking back I assume this was one large PR campaign of sympathy for future actions.
    There’s plenty of depressed Cricketers out there and they don’t do what he did. This had nothing to do with depression. The guy is just a f*******.

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  27. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    I doubt if the real people behind Cricket match fixing will ever be caught.
    It is a multi billion dollar betting rort, based in places like India (at very top level), and Gulf countries where such is accepted.

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  28. MH (757 comments) says:

    Starry, starry night
    Portraits unhung in empty halls
    You batted on without good cause
    With eyes that watch the clock and we can’t forget

    Like the strangers that you placed your bet
    Unlike Mark Todd who was caught behind
    You played on, or got run out for under 9
    The silver fern sullied for posterity
    Lie crushed and broken all over the TV

    Now I think I know
    What you tried to say to us
    I’m a cheat you cannot trust
    And how you suffered for your sanity
    And how you tried to make money

    They would not listen, they’re not listening still
    Perhaps they never will

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