Troubled New Zealander Jesse Ryder has admitted to breaking his vow to sobriety but denies reports that he had an alcohol-fuelled altercation with security guards in South Africa.
Ryder’s manager, Aaron Klee, said reports that the Bangalore Royal Challengers batsman, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was involved in an off field scuffle were ‘grossly exaggerated and inaccurate’. Klee admitted that Ryder had, however, started drinking after 100 days without alcohol.
‘It’s disappointing that these false and unverified rumours are being reported as fact by the media,’ Klee said in a statement. ‘Let’s be fair to Jesse – this is not a big issue. Jesse rang me and explained what happened several nights ago. He is disappointed that he drank after being off all alcohol for over 100 days.
‘But there was no security incident. We have already taken steps to make sure he has additional support during his time in the IPL.’
Ryder was recently dropped for a match against the West Indies after a night of binge drinking that resulted in him missing a team meeting and training.
His mentor Murray Deaker released a statement reinforcing the need for the batsman to stay sober. ‘Jesse’s had over a hundred days of sobriety and has made enormous progress during that time, on and off the field,’ he said. ‘Now for that to continue he needs support and moves have already been made to assist him to get back on top.’
Ryder, who was purchased for $160,000, came into the IPL with a reputation as a powerful hitter but has scored just 34 runs, including two ducks.