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Steve Smith broke down with tears at his press conference yesterday as he apologised for the ball tampering incident that led to Cricket Australia banning him for one year, but he wasn't the only one in tears.
Last week Australia's Steve Smith and David Warner went from being two of the most loved sportsmen in their country to being treated like near criminals after admitting to being part of a ball tampering incident during the third Test of their four match series.
Cameron Bancroft was seen using sandpaper to affect the surface of the ball, the opener received a nine month ban for the incident, with captain Smith and vice-captain Warner punished for deciding to do the deed and not stopping it.
The sporting world has come down heavily on judgement on all three men, mostly Warner who seemed to be the instigator, and Smith apologised yesterday in a teary press conference which won many over.
One fan in particular was also crying along with Smith. Channel Nine reporter Deborah Knight revealed her son was very upset which led to the former Aussie captain sending a personal apology on social media:
Just spent 20 minutes consoling my crying 9 year old who is a major Steve Smith fan after he watched the press conference. Encouraging him and all kids to write Steve a letter telling him how much you love and admire him.- deborah knight (@deborah_knight) March 29, 2018
During his emotional speech Smith broke down into tears when talking about his parents saying, "I am deeply sorry, I love the game of cricket, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love.
"Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about affecting your parents.
"To see the way my old man has been, and my mum, it hurts. I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia and the fans and the public."
The world of cricket will be hoping it can soon put the controversy behind it and move on, with the players serving their bans.
When Smith returns he knows they'll be at least one young fan happy to see him.