Aussie rower will be sent home
Fri August 3, 2012 8:44pm
DISGRACED rower Josh Booth has been sent home from the Olympics and admitted his deep "disgrace" at damaging shopfront windows in England.
Booth has apologised to shop owners and paid the $2100 repair bill for the windows he damaged on Thursday morning after his competition in the men's eight ended.
"I am deeply ashamed of my actions on Wednesday night," Booth said. "In no way do they reflect the type of person I am or the type of person I aspire to be.
"My behaviour was uncharacteristic, nonetheless I fully respect and accept the recommendations of the AOC and will regret my behaviour for many years to come.
"The damage I caused was not motivated by any malicious intent to destroy but was a rather emotional outburst and an inappropriate expression of my disappointment and frustration with our result in a hard fought final.
"As a young athlete I have made a very grave and public mistake. I hope this mistake serves as lesson to the Australian athletes still competing at the Games ... seek help and properly deal for the extreme emotions associated with competition as of course consume alcohol carefully."
"I am sorry for the disruption I have caused to Hugo's restaurant and Dartnell and Associates. I have tried to rectify the damage I have done to businesses."
Booth did not answer questions at the press conference which was also attended by Australia's chef de mission Nick Green.
The damage to the shops occurred after Booth and his teammates spent a day at the pub.
Booth allegedly used a large planter box to break a patterned glass window.
Two doors down, a window at Hugo's Restaurant was also smashed.