An emotional James Roberts has apologised for his behaviour at a team bonding session in the lead-up to the London Olympics.
The 21 year old swimmer, who was the only member of the six-man 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay squad not to take Stilnox during a group bonding session, has accepted full responsibility for Australia’s Olympics failures.
“The guys were up for anything and I let them down,” said a tearful Roberts at a Swimming Australia press conference. “In hindsight, I can understand how the boys must have felt, high as the Aussie flag, whilst I sat there, staring at a black line, visualising my turns.”
Roberts acknowledged that his failure to support his relay team mates was the source of disunity that left Australia without a gold medal in the pool.
“I realise now that I should have shown more immaturity. There were a lot of teenage kids in our squad and nothing puts off a kid as much as a killjoy.”
Swimming Australia has vowed that the incident will not be repeated and that, in future, all swimmers who misbehave will win gold medals.
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