Michael Clarke endured an awkward return the airwaves on Monday morning as he hosted his first radio show for the year – days after footage surfaced of his Noosa park brawl with girlfriend Jade Yarbrough.
The former Australian cricket captain, 41, was stunned into silence on his Big Sports Breakfast show as a listener defended the stoush, which was filmed by a bystander and sold to The Daily Telegraph last week.
The listener praised Clarke for being ‘discreet’ after the damning footage surfaced, but the beleaguered sportsman couldn’t bring himself to respond.
Michael Clarke, 41, (pictured) endured an awkward return the airwaves on Monday morning as he hosted his first radio show for the year – days after footage surfaced of his Noosa park brawl with girlfriend Jade Yarbrough
‘My hero is Clarkie for being discreet in what happened, and my villain is the person that filmed it and sold to the media,’ the listener said during a segment where listeners reveal their ‘heroes and villains’ of the week.
‘I mean, come on, you know, it’s a private matter. Leave it at that. It didn’t need to be publicly,’ they added.
Clarke remained silent as his co-host Gerard Middleton came to the rescue, informing the listener that the show wouldn’t be discussing the issue.
The former Australian cricket captain (pictured second right, with radio co-hosts Laurie Daley and Gerard Middleton) was stunned into silence on his Big Sports Breakfast show as a listener defended the stoush
‘It was a private matter and early this morning we said that, at the end of the day, this is a private matter that was made public,’ Middleton insisted.
‘And there’s a lot of factors at play, so we’re certainly moving on and letting the private matter be private this morning, but we really appreciate you calling,’ he added.
Earlier in the program. Middleton had made it clear Clarke’s Noosa altercation wasn’t up for discussion.
‘Now, of course enormous fascination into Clarkey’s life and we are just hitting this on the head straight away. It is a private matter that Clarkey’s obviously been dealing with, a very, very private matter which unfortunately was made public,’ he declared at the start of the show.
‘There’s a lot of factors in play here and Clarkey’s made his statement last week and due to all the factors in play we are moving forward on The Big Sports Breakfast this morning.’
During the program, however, Clarke couldn’t resist joking about his bruised hamstring, which he sustained during the argument on January 10.
At the top of the program, Clarke told his co-hosts Middleton and Laurie Daley his injury was ‘on the mend’ as the trio talked about their summer breaks.
Clarke didn’t go into detail about his summer sabbatical, except to say five weeks off air felt like ‘a long time’ and that he’d struggled with his 4am morning alarm that morning.
Middleton later joked that the bruise on his ‘hammie’ was ‘two-feet’ long.
‘I want to ask you, you showed us before that bruise on your hamstring, that is incredible mate. You won’t be able to walk properly for weeks,’ Middleton joked.
A veteran of 115 Tests for Australia, Clarke has held his role at Big Sports Breakfast since he first partnered Canberra NRL legend Laurie Daley in 2020.
The prodigious run-scorer has also been in commentary as part of the ICC broadcast team for global cricket tournaments, but has no other major media position in Australia.
Extraordinary footage emerged on Wednesday of a heated exchange between the couple in Noosa, with Jade accusing Clarke, 41, of sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, fashion designer Pip Edwards, behind her back on December 17.
Others in the group, including Stefanovic, his partner Jasmine, who is also Jade’s sister, and celebrity accountant Anthony Bell, tried to defuse the fracas.
The melee was over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards, with Jade accusing the former cricket star of cheating with her.
On Wednesday night, dramatic footage, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, showed a shirtless Clarke being screamed at and slapped by his furious girlfriend Jade. The melee was over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend Pip Edwards, with Jade accusing Clarke of cheating with her
Michael and Jade have since been slapped with ‘public nuisance’ fines.
The now-viral video shows Yarbrough accusing Clarke of sleeping with Edwards on December 17 and messaging her to say she is the ‘love of his life’.
The clip begins with Yarbrough screaming at Clarke before she slaps him in the face and pushes him away after the cricketer insists he didn’t cheat on her.
The fiery argument between Clarke and Yarbrough in a public park in Noosa was filmed by shocked onlookers. (They are pictured in Sydney in November)
‘I’m wrong? I’m f**king wrong! You’re a f***ing liar. I can see everything. You called her,’ she screams, apparently referring to messages between Clarke and Edwards.
Clarke then tries to reassure Yarbrough he didn’t seep with Edwards on December 17, saying he was with Bell that night.
‘Baby you’re wrong, you’re wrong,’ Clarke insists. ‘Baby, baby, Belly was at the house. I swear on my life, I swear on my life… That’s not true, it’s not true.’
The viral video of the Noosa incident shows Yarbrough accusing Clarke of sleeping with Edwards on December 17 and messaging her to say she is the ‘love of his life’ (Jade pictured left supporting Karl and Jasmine in their debut appearance as a couple in May 2017)
He then swore on his daughter Kelsey Lee’s life he did not cheat on her.
But Yarbrough refuses to believe Clarke’s desperate protests and claims she spoke to Pip.
‘You’re f**king lying to me. You are a piece of s**t. I just spoke to her. What is wrong with you?’ she says.
Clarke and Stefanovic (pictured together in October 2015) have been friends for years
Clarke again denies sleeping with Edwards and replies: ‘No I didn’t. You can hit me. That’s not true, that’s not true.’
He appeared to have injured his hamstring in the melee after he was pushed to the ground by Yarbrough, as he was seen hobbling across the public park.
Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine eventually steps in and grabs her distressed sister by the arm and drags her away.
Karl and his wife Jasmine were forced to intervene during the ugly altercation between Clarke and his girlfriend
Jasmine can be heard saying: ‘Get away with Karl, get away with Karl.’
As she is led away, Jade can be heard crying as she turns to Clarke and howls: ‘I f**king hate you.’
Clarke then tries to follow Jade before he unleashes a wave of fury at Stefanovic, seemingly because he is walking away with the two sisters.
‘Karlos, I can tell you now c**t, don’t you f**king walk away. She can, she can punch me, but you, you c**t,’ Clarke says.
This comment sparks fury from Jade, who defends her brother-in-law before slapping Clarke repeatedly in the face.
‘You piece of s**t, don’t you f**king speak to him,’ she yells.
Stefanovic and Bell can be heard telling the couple to stop, which falls on deaf ears.
‘Go, hit me hit me … do it again, you’re wrong, you’re f**king wrong,’ Clarke tells his girlfriend.
A remorseful Clarke has since taken full responsibility for what happened. ‘I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable,’ he told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’ Pictured: Clarke and ex Edwards
Yarbrough screams: ‘Oh am I wrong? You f**ked her on December 17, you f**ked her… you’re a f**king dog… I’m going to show her every f**king message you ever f**king sent me.’
She makes reference to a text she allegedly saw on Clarke’s phone inviting Edwards to come to India with him.
‘Oh yeah, ‘You’re the love of my life Pip, come to India,” Yarbrough says, to which Clark replies: ‘Don’t ever talk to me again.’
The two-minute clip ends with Jasmine and Bell separating the feuding couple.
‘Stop, Jade, stop,’ Jasmine pleads. Bell adds: ‘Let it go, Jade.’
The ugly altercation unfolded in front of young children nearby, according to stunned witnesses.
Police have now confirmed they are investigating the confrontation that saw the shirtless ex-Australian cricket captain slapped during the blazing row.
‘Queensland Police are investigating an incident between a 30-year-old woman and 41-year-old man depicted in footage at Lions Park on Gympie Terrace in Noosaville earlier this month,’ police said.
Meanwhile, Edwards was having none of the drama when she returned to her eastern suburbs home late Wednesday evening. ‘This is not my circus. Yet again, Michael in his true nature has not taken responsibility for his actions and I was blatantly lied to,’ she said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia
‘As this matter on January 10, 2023 is under investigation the Queensland Police Service is unable to provide any further comment.’
A remorseful Clarke has since taken full responsibility for what happened.
‘I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable,’ he said.
‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted all other parties involved for comment.
Clarke’s relationship with his ex-partner Edwards began in June 2020, following his split from wife Kyly Clarke (née Boldy), which they announced four months earlier
Meanwhile, Edwards was having none of the drama when she returned to her eastern suburbs home late Wednesday evening after attending Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert at Allianz Stadium in Moore Park.
‘This is not my circus. Yet again, Michael in his true nature has not taken responsibility for his actions and I was blatantly lied to,’ she said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.
Clarke’s relationship with his ex-partner Edwards began in June 2020, following his split from wife Kyly Clarke (née Boldy), which they announced four months earlier.
He and Pip had been friends for more than a decade before that, but grew close while working on a fashion project together.
Michael was married to model Kyly Clarke, 40, from 2012 until 2019, but they didn’t announce their separation until February 2020
The former couple called it quits in December 2021.
Clarke and Edwards had recently attended an exclusive A-list New Year’s Day bash at Sydney’s iconic Icebergs.
The former Australian Test cricket captain was married to ex-model Kyly, 40, from 2012 until 2019, but the couple didn’t announce their separation until February 2020.
The Clarkes had kept their separation quiet for several months before she put out a statement on Instagram saying their priority was their daughter.
In a statement at the time, the pair said the ‘amicable’ decision to separate was ‘the best course’ for their daughter.
They couple are pictured here with daughter Kelsey Lee