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Glenn McGrath Expresses 'Deep Regret' Over Africa Hunting Photos

Star cricketer apologises for safari. Warning: photos of dead wildlife.

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Former Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath has apologised after photos emerged showing him posing with dead wildlife on safari in Zimbabwe.

Taken in 2008, the photos were found on the Chipitani Safari Company website – they have since been removed.

The photos appeared on Twitter on Saturday.

Hey @glennmcgrath11. Being a cricketing legend is awesome. But hunting is stupid. You should stop.

Lindsay McDougall@doctormcdougallFollow

Hey @glennmcgrath11. Being a cricketing legend is awesome. But hunting is stupid. You should stop.

11:51 AM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

They spread rapidly.

Legendary Australian bowler Glenn McGrath has hunting photos spilling all over social media (h/t @doctormcdougall)

Mark Di Stefano@MarkDiStefFollow

Legendary Australian bowler Glenn McGrath has hunting photos spilling all over social media (h/t @doctormcdougall)

2:43 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was widespread condemnation.

I feel sick to my stomach - Cricketer Glenn @glennmcgrath11 thinks he's a hero slaughtering animals for fun & TUSKS!

Angela ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥@sallie6youtubeFollow

I feel sick to my stomach - Cricketer Glenn @glennmcgrath11 thinks he's a hero slaughtering animals for fun & TUSKS!

3:09 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Am stunned to think that Glenn McGrath, could actually shoot dead an elephant. http://t.co/hBQqNgpvBl via @smh

Lord FitzSimons@Peter_FitzFollow

Am stunned to think that Glenn McGrath, could actually shoot dead an elephant. http://t.co/hBQqNgpvBl via @smh

5:05 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

In a statement on Twitter, Glenn McGrath said: "I deeply regret being involved."

The apology wasn't enough for many people.

Pathetic excuse from Glenn McGrath, "going through a difficult time". He looked so happy sitting in front the elephant he just shot.

Dame Queen Christina@ChristineEwing7Follow

Pathetic excuse from Glenn McGrath, "going through a difficult time". He looked so happy sitting in front the elephant he just shot.

5:21 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Glenn McGrath’s defense is it was a difficult time in his life? Sure, we all go shoot wild animals to cope with tough times :/

Siren out of Brixton@SirenofBrixtonFollow

Glenn McGrath’s defense is it was a difficult time in his life? Sure, we all go shoot wild animals to cope with tough times :/

4:39 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Are the Glenn McGrath pics legit? If so how utterly disappointing. Why would anyone want to kill endangered wildlife?

Rita Panahi@RitaPanahiFollow

Are the Glenn McGrath pics legit? If so how utterly disappointing. Why would anyone want to kill endangered wildlife?

4:27 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capped 124 times by Australia, the retired cricketer is the President and co-founder of the McGrath Foundation, which he set up with his wife Jane in 2002, following Jane's initial breast cancer diagnosis (she died in 2008).

Kristian Dowling / Getty Images

The breast cancer charity has funded more than 100 breast care nurses around Australia.

McGrath's wife bought him a hunting rifle after his 500th test wicket.

Glenn McGrath a hunter? Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise... https://t.co/foMCGZ6zrQ

Lyndsay Farlow@LyndsayFarlowFollow

Glenn McGrath a hunter? Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise... https://t.co/foMCGZ6zrQ

3:37 PM - 21 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many speculated on the damage to McGrath's public reputation...

...as his Wikipedia entry was altered.