England World Cup and Ashes hero Ben Stokes was recently awarded with players' player of the year at Professional Cricketers' Association awards in London for those achievements. But, on Tuesday (8 October), some pictures from the event hinted a physical quarrel between Stokes and his wife.
The 28-year-old England all-rounder’s wife Clare dismissed the media reports, as she tweeted, “Unbelievable what nonsense these people will make up! Me and Ben messing about squishing up each other's faces cos that's how we show affection and some pap tries to twist it into a crazy story! And all before we then have a romantic McDonalds 20 mins later.”
Later on, even the Durham lad came responded with a statement to the Daily Mirror and according to him, it is a "wonderful relationship" that he and his wife enjoy.
“I have become used to people making stuff up about me, but of all the topics not to mess with, domestic abuse has to be at the top of the list It's an incredibly serious issue for thousands of women -- and men -- who do suffer domestic abuse,” Stokes said.
The left-hand batsman then went on to add, “To falsify and spread these kind of allegations so willingly is totally irresponsible. The way that this has come across is so far removed from what it was.”
England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement, “We have spoken with both Clare and Ben, as well as others in attendance, who have all clarified the innocent context behind the still photographs taken at last week's PCA awards.”
(With AFP inputs)