Former Australian batsman-turned commentator Michael Slater was reportedly arrested on Wednesday for allegedly sending text messages and making phone calls to a person. Notably, the 51-year-old sent at least 66 text messages and made around 18 phone calls before he was held by the New South Wales (NSW) police.
As per local media, Slater appeared at Manly Local Court via a video link and crossed his arms on the screen as details of the alleged breach were revealed. The court was informed by the prosecutor about Slater’s misdeeds where he tried to make contacts with the complainant by sending scores of messages and failed call attempts.
Earlier this year, Slater was allegedly charged for stalking/intimidating his partner of three years and was reportedly arrested from his home in Manly, north of Sydney and taken to Manly police station. However, Slater’s lawyer James McLoughlin claims that his client suffered from an alcohol disorder and had been receiving treatment in hospitals since he was originally granted bail. According to Slater’s lawyer, at the time the former Australian player sent those messages and made calls, the disorder was heavily at play.
Slater has reportedly pleaded for bail with conditions including that he travel directly to his sister’s house until a Northern Beaches Hospital bed was available. Speaking on the work front, Slater was recently dropped from the Channel 7 commentary panel reportedly for his infamous tweet against Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in May this year. In a series of fierce tweets, he accused Morrison of having ‘blood on his hands’ for preventing 40 Australian citizens participating in the first half of IPL 2021 to return from India.