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‘Morgan’s posts are unfair to my children and my family’

Graeme Smith responded to his wife's Twitter posts over her frustrations with their pending divorce.

FILE: Graeme Smith and his wife, Morgan Smith, pose with their daughters on the pitch on day five of the third Test match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on 5 March 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The wife of former Proteas captain Graeme Smith took to Twitter on Sunday to express her dissatisfaction with their looming divorce.

Smith and his wife, Morgan, confirmed earlier this year that they were divorcing after four years of marriage.

Morgan took to Twitter to air her frustrations about her current situation with Smith.

Young girls NEED to understand .THIS is what can happen if u go to a foreign country for a man&have ur babies there pic.twitter.com/lMyVYfQJRI

Graeme responded to her rant in a statement, saying her posts were unfair to his children and his family.

"Over the past six months, I have remained largely silent on my relationship and my pending divorce from Morgan. I have been consistent in asking that privacy be respected, especially given that there are two young children involved.

"Regrettably, Morgan has not, despite agreements with both sets of attorneys, applied the same courtesy. Intemperate social media postings, repeated untrue accusations, deliberate attempts to obfuscate the facts and to put me in the worst light possible through whatever means at her disposal, and interviews with selected media have persisted. Any attempts from anyone to call her on what she has said are met with accusations of bullying.

"The latest series of postings on social media are in reaction to a detailed psychologist's report - to which we both and our respective attorneys agreed - the recommendations of which were recently provided to us. Morgan appears not to like the contents of this report, or its recommendations.

"I have tolerated the growing number of outrageous allegations she has posted on social media and provided to certain media in South Africa. I have been unpleasantly surprised that a number of media have chosen simply to repeat verbatim what she has said on social media without apparent consideration that firstly, they may not be true and secondly, that they may be doing harm to our children.

"While I have and will remain considered in my responses and will continue to refuse to disclose the true nature of what is currently transpiring, what I will not tolerate is any suggestion that I am not a good father. Morgan, and anyone close to the family, knows this to be palpably untrue and deeply offensive.

"While many in the media may consider this to be a form of entertainment for their readers, I would like to assure the South African public that I consider this to be in supremely bad taste. I have been both polite and respectful in my dealings with the media on this subject to date, but the persistent coverage on what Morgan posts on social media networks is simply not fair to my children or my family.

"I would again ask that my privacy and that of my children be respected. Morgan must account for her own behaviour in breaking agreements, posting false information and attempting to sway public opinion. I will continue to focus on my children's happiness and well-being."

The pair tied the knot in Cape Town in August 2011. They have two children together.