All Black feels blue af­ter bath­room romp leaves him sit­ting on the bench

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LON­DON: All Blacks star Aaron Smith has of­fered a tear­ful apol­ogy af­ter a cou­ple heard him hav­ing sex in a dis­abled bath­room with a fe­male friend.

Smith has been sus­pended by the All Blacks for to­day’s Test in South Africa and has flown home to New Zealand.

“I’ve made a huge mis­take, a huge er­ror in judg­ment,” a vis­i­bly shaken Smith said. “I’d per­son­ally like to say a huge sorry to my part­ner Tea­gan, her fam­ily, my fam­ily... also sorry to my team­mates and the New Zealand fans. I’m just try­ing to get home to deal with this. Thank you.”

The cou­ple told stuff.co.nz they heard “rhyth­mic tap­ping noises” com­ing from a cu­bi­cle in Christchurch air­port as they stood out­side af­ter see­ing him and the woman en­ter­ing within 30 sec­onds of each other.

They said the pair were in­side the bath­room for about 10 min­utes be­fore Smith emerged ad­just­ing his cloth­ing and the woman fol­lowed about 30 sec­onds later.

The cou­ple also caught Smith and the woman on cam­era af­ter they car­ried out their bath­room ren­dezvous, which hap­pened last month.

The All Blacks star, who was wear­ing his team suit, re­joined his team and met fans who had gath­ered around the play­ers.

Smith, 27, is dat­ing 22-yearold Tea­gan Voykovich and the cou­ple said the woman seen with him at the air­port was not his girl­friend.

In 2012, Smith was benched for a Test in Dunedin for break­ing a team cur­few and two years later a naked selfie of him was posted on­line.

New Zealand prime min­is­ter John Key has weighed in on the bath­room tryst and said Smith’s ac­tions were not what so­ci­ety ex­pected of a role model. “I sus­pect he’ll be sit­ting back, re­flect­ing on the fact he’s let him­self down, he’s let the team down. He’s an in­te­gral part of the All Blacks so he won’t want to be sit­ting on the side­lines and, frankly, he’s em­bar­rassed him­self a bit.”

“They do a lot to try and prove to young New Zealan­ders that they’re the sort of peo­ple to look up to – that’s why I think Aaron will feel pretty dis­ap­pointed in him­self.”

Smith has since been sus­pended for one Test af­ter “breach­ing team stan­dards re­gard­ing be­hav­iour”, New Zealand coach Steven Hansen said.

Hansen con­firmed the 27- year- old scrum- half had been seen en­ter­ing a toi­let cu­bi­cle with a fe­male friend at Christchurch Air­port the day af­ter New Zealand’s 41-13 win over South Africa at the AMI Sta­dium. As a re­sult Smith has not been con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion for Rugby Cham­pi­onship Test in Dur­ban.

“As a re­sult of that the lead­er­ship group met and were unan­i­mous in the fact that be­hav­iour wasn’t ac­cept­able and as a con­se­quence a one-match sus­pen­sion would be put in place.

“Clearly Aaron is bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with his be­hav­iour and feels he has let the team down, but just as im­por­tantly feels he is bit­terly dis­ap­pointed in let­ting his fam­ily and part­ner down.

“At his re­quest he has asked to go home to deal with the per­sonal mat­ters that have come with this in­ci­dent and we have been only too happy to sup­port him in that.” – Daily Mail

Aaron Smith and Tea­gan Voykovich.

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