Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater was asked to leave a Qantas flight from Sydney to Wagga on Sunday after a heated argument involving two women, delaying the flight for 30 minutes.
According to reports in Australian media, witnesses boarding the flight shortly before 3 pm on Sunday described Slater in a heated argument with two female companions and claimed he delayed the flight by locking himself in the aircraft toilet.
The former Test batsman has now issued a statement to Macquarie Radio. “I did have an argument with 2 friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight,” Slater said.
The former batsman was part of the Australian cricket team from 1993 to 2001 and played 74 Tests before his retirement in 2004 and now has become a mainstream TV personality since his retirement in 2004, working for Channel Nine for years before making the switch to Seven in 2018.