Former Australian spinner Shane Warne is regarded as one of the best bowlers cricket has ever witnessed. However, the star of the gentleman's game hasn’t been very gentle off-field. Along with glory and success, Warne’s journey is filled with several controversies. The latest in the list is Shane Warne’s driving ban. The former Australian star breached the speeding limit for the sixth time in two years and was handed a driving ban for 12 months. The incident took place at the Wimbledon Magistrates' Court where Warne was driving at over 75 Kilometers per hour (kmph) where the speed limit was 65 kmph. Shane Warne Banned From Driving for 12 Months After Picking Sixth Offence in Two Years.
Well, this was not the only instance where the former Aussie great created headlines for the wrong reasons. Shane Warne's misdemeanours are not hidden from anyone and they certainly hampered his image. On the field too, Warne was known to be an aggressive player and got involved in many brawls throughout his career. Who can forget the moment when the spinner got involved in an ugly spat with Marlon Samuels in the 2013-14 edition of the Big Bash League? Talking about his controversies, here are four wrangles that have afflicted the Spinner.
This mistake could have cost Shane Warne his whole career. However, the spinner got away with a one year ban. Just ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, Warne was tested positive for a banned substance. Later, he admitted to having taken an illegal substance and was charged with a one year ban, which saw him out of Australia’s 2003 World Cup squad.
Harassing a Nurse
In 2000, a British nursed claimed that Warne was regularly texting lewd messages to her. The nurse was a married woman and mother of two kids. Later, Warne also went on to admit that he indulged in some inappropriate conversation with the woman. This whole saga proved to be costly for the Australian stalwart as got sacked from the National team’s vice-captaincy post.
In 2006, the spinner got involved in an infamous sex-scandal in West London. An inappropriate picture of the leg-spinner with two women went viral which again created trouble for Warne. However, the spinner clarified the instance in his book 'No Spin'. Warne claimed that he got an invitation from a 25-year-old New Zealand-born model to come a party and he accepted the offer.
Warne was known to be quite a Casanova of sorts and created news for his involvements with several women. In 2007, Warne was alleged to accidentally send a message to his wife Simone Callahan which was meant for the other woman. His wife ended the marriage and filed for a divorce. Later, Warne got engaged with British actress Liz Hurley. However, this relationship also got ended soon due to the spinner’s alleged affair with a porn star.
Shane Warne has all the respect as a spinner and many budding cricketers idolise him too. However, the spin magician didn’t prove to be a great role model off the field. The driving case is the latest chapter in the 50-year old’s book of misdemeanours. Nevertheless, after serving the one-year driving ban, Warne may want to steer clear of controversies in the future.