An iconic Australian company has distanced itself from cricketer Michael Clarke in the wake of his video scandal.
Footwear and clothing brand R.M. Williams confirmed it has “no plans” to work with Clarke after explosive video showed him accused of cheating before being slapped across the face by girlfriend Jade Yarbrough.
The couple had been holidaying on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with Yarbrough’s sister, Jasmine, and her husband, Today show co-host Karl Stefanovic, when the spat was filmed by an onlooker.
So intense was the incident, Queensland Police confirmed they were investigating before issuing a fine to the unhappy couple.
Michael Clarke and Jade Yarbrough were filmed in a spat earlier this month.
In a statement, R.M.Williams said its relationship with Clarke began and ended in 2022 that it has no plans to reignite it after the January 10 argument leaked.
“R.M.Williams worked with Michael Clarke once only, a one-off Father’s Day shoot in early September 2022,” the statement read.
“The brand has had no further association with Mr Clarke and has no plans to work with him again.”
Explosive footage first emerged on Wednesday night of a shirtless Clarke being slapped across the face in Lions Park in Noosa.
R.M.Williams had a sponsorship deal with former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke. Picture: NCA Newswire / Dan Peled
“I’m f**king wrong? You’re a f***ing liar.” Yarbrough screamed.
A passer-by recognised the former Australian cricketer and captured the tail-end of an argument in footage which appeared to show Yarbrough confronting him over suspicions he had cheated on her with ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards.
The pair reportedly broke up in February 2021, but the video suggests Clarke had recently texted the designer of activewear brand PE Nation to come to India with him.
“I can see everything. You called her,” Yarbrough said between shoving Clarke.
“Baby, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Clarke replied, saying he had been with Mr Bell that evening.
Footage of the incident was published on Wednesday. Picture: The Daily TelegraphFootage of Michael Clarke involved in a heated argument with his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough, over his ex Pip Edwards. Picture: The Daily Telegraph
“Baby, baby, Belly was at the house. I swear on my life, I swear at my life … That’s not true, it’s not true.”
“On my daughter’s life.”
Jasmine Stefanovic also tried to drag her sister away to diffuse the situation and then Clarke turned his attention to Stefanovic.
It is believed the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) may be reviewing their plans for Clarke to join its commentary line-up for the Australian team’s upcoming tour of India, which is due to start on February 9.
NCA NewsWire has contacted Clarke’s other major sponsors, Hublot and Ribco.