Tim Paine’s brother-in-law was allegedly forced out of his job amid a sexting probe involving the same woman at the centre of the current scandal.
The principal of a South Australian school where Tim Paine’s brother-in-law works says he had no idea of the man’s alleged involvement in a sexting scandal when he was hired.
The Herald Sun first reported on Sunday night Shannon Tubb, a former first-class cricketer who is married to Paine’s sister, was forced out of his job with Cricket Tasmania amid a probe into allegations he sent explicit messages to a colleague.
The woman alleged to have received the messages from Tubb is the same woman who Paine sent explicit texts to on the eve of the 2017/18 Ashes.
The Herald Sun reports Tubb left his coaching role at Cricket Tasmania after an investigation into his alleged conduct in 2018 — the same year Paine was cleared of any code of conduct breach by Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania — and took up a position as First XI coach at Adelaide’s prestigious Prince Alfred College in 2019.
The school’s principal, Bradley Fenner, spoke publicly on Monday in response to reports about Tubb’s alleged sexting probe.
“We were not aware of that at the time that we employed him. At that time he was, and he remains, an employee of the South Australian Cricket Association, so we need to find out all the facts and then decide how we proceed,” Fenner told Nine.
Speaking on The Today Show, reporter Ella Duffy said she spoke to Fenner, who told her he had no idea of the allegations until Sunday.
“The principal says he is shocked and concerned by the allegations but says that the school was unaware of these allegations and of the investigation until they surfaced in the media yesterday,” Duffy said.
“The principal says that since he (Tubb) came to work here, there have been no concerns about his conduct.”
Tubb responded to questions from the Herald Sun by saying: “There’s no comment on that at all mate, I’m sorry.”
Cricket Tasmania declined to comment.
Paine, who has two children with Bonnie, said the text message exchanges with the Cricket Tasmania employee began as normal communications “but then it became a flirtatious exchange that should never have”.
Asked why he took it to the next level, he replied: “Maybe it’s as simple as stupidity? Or an inflated ego? Or feeling needed or wanted, being flattering.
“Or that it was dangerous or risque? I don’t know, I’m not sure. But I know I wish I hadn’t, and it’ll be a life of regret that I did.”
Paine denied any physical relationship with the woman.
The wicketkeeper admitted he always feared the media would break the story and it had been a stressful time reliving the incident after he and Bonnie had worked through their issues.
“I feel terrible, to be honest. Although Bonnie and I have both known about all this for three years, to have it played out like this is really distressing, and upsetting, and I’m really embarrassed,” Paine said.
“I feel sick for Bonnie, and for my family more than anything else.”
Bonnie opened up on her decision to forgive her husband, despite admitting it was “horrific” when they worked through the issue three years ago.
“I have a bit of sympathy for Tim. A lot actually. He and I went through all of this privately in 2018,” she said.
“I feel a bit frustrated that it’s all been brought up and aired in the public when we put it to bed years ago. I have moved forward since then. I feel like there is a lot of injustice for it being dragged out again.”
Bonnie said she was “shocked” to find out about the sexting scandal, adding: “I don’t claim to be perfect, but I was still completely rocked.”
Bonnie also stressed the “need to forgive” in marriages and said she found it extremely tough to watch Paine’s emotional press conference on Friday.
“It broke my heart to be honest,” Bonnie said. “It’s sad that he felt he had to step down as captain over it, and I just think that’s unfair. I felt sad for him.
“My trust was a bit shattered from it and learning to try and trust again, was a process. I had my doubts, and there were times where I wanted to leave, and there were times I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. It was very confusing. It did take a long time for us to be strong again, and for us to be in a good place, but we are now.”