Cricketer Warner Says He’ll Keep Speaking His Mind After Fine

Australia cricketer David Warner said he will continue to speak his mind after being fined for posting abusive comments to journalists on Twitter last weekend.

Cricket Australia fined Warner A$5,750 ($5,544) last night for posting the expletive-laden messages on the social networking site. Warner, who has apologized to the journalists involved, said he took to Twitter after his photo was used to illustrate an article questioning the integrity of the Indian Premier League, where he plays for the Delhi Daredevils.

“I’ve got to be a bit more professional with the choice of words that I use next time,” Warner told reporters in Sydney today. “I’ll keep speaking my mind and always have my opinion and I’ll always continue to try to defend myself in the right choice of words.”

Warner said he was “extremely annoyed” that his photo was used in conjunction with the story, adding that having his name or image linked to an article detailing corruption “is the worst thing that can possibly be brought to a cricket player.”

Three IPL cricketers from India are being investigated by local police for alleged spot fixing, where players manipulate specific actions in a game, such as the number of no-balls bowled or the number of runs a batsman makes, rather than the result of a match.

Melbourne-based Cricket Australia said in a statement yesterday that Senior Code of Behavior Commissioner Gordon Lewis ruled Warner was guilty of “unbecoming behavior” at a disciplinary hearing. His fine is the maximum allowed for a first offense under the governing body’s behavior code.

Opening batsman Warner, a member of Australia’s squad for the Ashes series in England starting July 10, has played 19 Tests for his country. He’s scored 1,263 runs, including three centuries, at an average of 39.46.

“We all know as professional athletes what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate,” Warner added. “At the end of the day it was my fault. I take full blame for what’s happened and apologize to anyone I offended out there with my language. I want to put a line under all this and move forward.”

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