Australian cricket commentator Michael Slater has opened up about his shock from Channel Seven after he publicly slapped Scott Morrison on Twitter.
Slater, 51, revealed his anxiety about seeing dead bodies on the streets of India play a major role in his social media attack on the prime minister.
In May, he controversially accused Mr Morrison of having ‘blood on his hands’ to close the border to Australians stuck in covid-ravaged India.
Michael Slater, 51, (pictured) opened up about his controversial tweets in which he publicly attacked Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The retired opening flask told the prime minister in a series of tweets to get on his private jet and ‘come and see witness to corpses on the street’.
‘Great to smoke PM on a case that is a human crisis. The panic, the fear of every Australian in India is genuine !! How about taking your private jet and coming and witnessing corpses on the street! ‘
Many have blamed Slater’s behavior on social media for costing him his job at Channel 7, which caused his 20-year cricket commentary career to stop.
‘Tweets came from a place of pure desperation and want to come home to crying children who were worried about their father,’ Slater told The Courier Mail.
‘It got very emotional. We came to Ahmedabad and we passed a Covid test site. We would see all these dead corpses next to the road. I have never seen anything like it in my life. It was so terribly confrontational. ‘
Axed: Channel Seven has parted ways with cricket commentator Michael Slater (pictured) five months after publicly attacking Prime Minister Scott Morrison
He added in hindsight that he would have handled things differently and said he was ‘completely overwhelmed’ and did not mean to be ‘disrespectful’.
‘If I had had my time again, taking that into account, it could have had a link to what just happened to me on Channel 7, no, I would not do it again,’ Slater said.
When asked if Slater would apologize to Morrison for his behavior, the 51-year-old avoided answering by saying he supported the prime minister.
‘The only thing I want to say is that I will vote for ScoMo in the next election. I admire what he does, ‘he said.
Slater, who worked as a commentator for the IPL, had been a fierce critic of Australia’s policy of banning its citizens in India from returning home.
Comments: Slater, 51, accused Morrison in May of having ‘blood on his hands’ for closing the border for Australians stuck in covid-ravaged India. Pictured: Slater and Michael Clarke
Slater’s criticism of Morrison sparked a backlash, with many pointing out that the former cricket star complained about the luxurious security of the Maldives.
‘If our government took care of the Aussies’ security, they would allow us to come home. It’s a disgrace !! Blood on your hands PM, ‘Slater wrote.
In 2019, he had been at the center of another controversy when he withdrew from commenting Big Bash League matches after a flying incident.
He was removed from a flight for having been involved in an altercation with two women.
He then allegedly locked himself in the plane’s bathroom, causing a delay in takeoff before leaving the flight.
Tenure: Slater (right) joined Seven in 2018 after leaving Channel Nine
Channel Seven’s sports director Lewis Martin told The Daily Telegraph that the network had decided to part with Slater, but insisted it was due to budgetary constraints.
‘He’s a very talented TV station and he’s been a ripping member of our team. It’s more about financial management than anything else, and we wish Michael all the best for the future, we really do, ”he said.
Martin continued: ‘Unfortunately, business decisions have to be made from time to time and we are unfortunately not able to renew it.’
‘He was a very popular member of our team and a very talented TV station. I can only expect that this will only be a break (in his career). ‘
Slater joined Seven in 2018 after leaving Channel Nine.
Fallen: Channel Seven’s sports director Lewis Martin told The Daily Telegraph that the network had decided to part ways with Slater, but insisted it was due to budgetary constraints