Commentator claims Michael Clarke is a ‘victim of domestic violence’

Commentator claims Michael Clarke is a ‘victim of domestic violence’ after video showed him being slapped by girlfriend Jade Yarbrough

  • Michael Clarke was ‘victim of domestic violence, claims commentator 
  • Ex-cricketer was caught on camera being slapped by Jade Yarbrough
  • Queensland Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident

A veteran entertainment reporter has claimed that Michael Clarke is a ‘victim of domestic violence‘ after he was slapped by his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough during a blazing row. 

The former Australian Test captain, 41, was caught on camera having a foul-mouthed argument with Yarbrough, 30, on holiday in Noosa on January 10, forcing his good mate Karl Stefanovic and others to intervene.

During the row, Yarbrough slapped Clarke in the face and accused him of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards, and claimed to have seen texts proving it.

Now, Sunrise reporter Peter Ford has suggested that Clarke may have been the victim of domestic violence as Queensland Police probe the brawl. 

He said: ‘Yesterday, on my social media, I was stunned by the number of people who said no matter what was leading up to it, there was a clear act of physical violence where Jade did smack Michael.

‘Now, it’s got to work both ways, and the issue of domestic violence is a very hot-topic issue at the moment in Queensland.

Peter Ford (pictured) addressed the debate in the press and on social media as to whether the leaked footage of the lovers' tiff depicted domestic violence

Peter Ford (pictured) addressed the debate in the press and on social media as to whether the leaked footage of the lovers’ tiff depicted domestic violence

During the row, Yarbrough slapped Clarke in the face and accused him of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards, and claimed to have seen texts proving it.

During the row, Yarbrough slapped Clarke in the face and accused him of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards, and claimed to have seen texts proving it.

‘He is a victim of domestic violence as it appears on camera. So you know, it’s very blurred lines with all this, there’s nothing about it that is crystal clear.’ 

Ford, who also admitted ‘I’m not a legal expert’, said there was a possibility the incident could end up with domestic violence or public nuisance charges being laid.

However, he did acknowledge there was no complainant, which makes it ‘more difficult’ to secure a conviction, and noted that Clarke had goaded Yarbrough several times in the video to ‘hit me’.

‘A domestic violence charge is very serious,’ he added. ‘It could have consequences for all involved.’ 

Queensland Police announced overnight they were investigating the fracas, which took place on January 10 in a public park in Noosa. No charges have been laid.

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,’ a police spokesperson said.

‘As this matter on January 10, 2023, is under investigation the Queensland Police Service is unable to provide any further comment.’

Ford made the comments in conversation with Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and Matt Shirvington – and they also debated the future of Clarke’s sponsorships in light of the video and whether it breached any morality clause.

A ‘morality clause’ refers to a provision in a contract that holds an individual to a certain standard of behaviour, publicly and privately, so as to preserve the good reputation of all parties.

They are often featured in contracts for athletes, actors and media personalities.

Barr explained these clauses are par for the course in the entertainment world, and the video of Clarke’s wild argument with his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough – which the cricketer himself described as ‘shameful’ – could possibly ‘bring a brand into disrepute’.

A mortified Jade Yarbrough (right) is bunkering down with her sister Jasmine Stefanovic (left) after her furious argument with boyfriend Michael Clarke made headlines

A mortified Jade Yarbrough (right) is bunkering down with her sister Jasmine Stefanovic (left) after her furious argument with boyfriend Michael Clarke made headlines 

Yarbrough is staying at Jasmine's house where she has spent the last two days on the phone to a 'desperate' Clarke, who is begging her to take him back after he allegedly cheated on her last month with his ex Pip Edwards. (Pictured: Clarke and Yarbrough in Sydney on November 3)

Yarbrough is staying at Jasmine’s house where she has spent the last two days on the phone to a ‘desperate’ Clarke, who is begging her to take him back after he allegedly cheated on her last month with his ex Pip Edwards. (Pictured: Clarke and Yarbrough in Sydney on November 3)

Clarke and Stefanovic (pictured together in October 2015) have been friends for years

Clarke and Stefanovic (pictured together in October 2015) have been friends for years 

How the drama unfolded when Jade Yarbrough, her sister and brother-in-law Jasmine and Karl Stefanovic and ex-cricketer Michael Clarke’s Noosa getaway ended up in an ugly brawl captured on video in a local park

Barr noted that since retiring from professional sport, Clarke essentially ‘promotes products for a living’, and his latest scandal could potentially affect his deals.

Ford said he doubted anyone would ‘immediately drop him’ given his actions in the video aren’t as bad as some celebrity scandals, and most people would understand it was ‘a personal issue’.

‘I don’t know,’ replied Barr. ‘They have that clause in all our contacts, if you bring a brand into disrepute. And that’s a bit rubbery.’

Her co-host Matt Shirvington suggested Clarke could avoid consequences, however, because most of his sponsorships seem to be short-term ‘influencer deals’. 

These tend to be ‘simpler’ and ‘campaign-driven’, he said, as opposed to the longer-term deals signed by TV personalities, which often have stricter clauses.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the incident has already cost him a deal with a skincare brand.

A handful of other contracts are also said to be ‘hanging in the balance’, including his commentary role for Australia’s Test tour of India.

However, he will keep his radio job at Sky Sports Breakfast, station owners TabCorp confirmed to AAP on Thursday. He is expected to address the stoush when he returns to the airwaves on Monday.

It comes as it was revealed that Clarke and Yarbrough had ‘no idea’ that there was a video of their altercation. 

According to a source close to the group at the centre of the scandal, both Clarke and Yarbrough as well as Karl Stefanovic and wife Jasmine, had no idea their blazing row outside a Noosa restaurant was being filmed by a random onlooker on January 10.

The footage was obtained by The Daily Telegraph and it wasn’t until a week later that Clarke was alerted to the video by a reporter from the publication.

The news, according to a source close to the retired cricketer, was ‘like a bomb went off’ as the famous group began to realise the gravity of what was about to be publicly aired.

It’s understood Clarke, Yarbrough and the Stefanovics returned to Sydney in the days following and a full week quietly passed before Clarke was told that the incident was recorded shortly before it was released to the public on January 18.

‘It was like a bomb went off…they all had to re-live it again,’ said a friend close to the tight-knit group.

‘Michael was devastated.

‘His first thought was his family. And then the families of everyone else involved.

‘This wasn’t just about him. This was about parents, kids, partners, everything.’

MICHAEL CLARKE’S SHIRTLESS MELTDOWN – LINE BY LINE

Ex-Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke was involved in a public fight with girlfriend Jade Yarbrough and TV host friend Karl Stefanovic – who is married to Jade’s sister Jasmine – after a night out with celebrity accountant Anthony Bell in Noosa on January 10.

This is how the spat unfolded:

Clarke: Baby…

Jade: I’m wrong? I’m f***ing wrong? You f***king liar. I saw everything, you called her

Clarke: I swear on my life. Baby, baby, Belly [Anthony Bell] was at my house. Do it to me, do it to me. Belly was at the house. Belly was at my house

Clarke: I swear on my life, I swear on my life. You can do it to me, you can do it to me

Jade: You told her… You f***king keep lying to me

Clarke: No, on my daughter’s life, on my daughter’s life

Jade: You keep lying. You are a piece of s**t

Jade: I just spoke to her. What is wrong with you?

Clarke: No I didn’t. Baby, you know what? You can hit me, you can hit me

Jade: You f***ed her on December 17

Clarke: That’s not true. That’s not true.

Jasmine: Get away with Karl, go with Karl

Jade: I f***ing hate you

Clarke: Jade, it’s not f***ing true 

Clarke: Karlos [Stefanovic], I can tell you now c**t, don’t you f***ing walk away. She can punch me, but you, you c**t

Jade: You piece of s***

Clarke: Go on, hit me, hit me

Bell: Stop it, stop it.

Clarke: Do it again, do it again. You’re wrong, you’re f***ing wrong

Jade: Oh, am I f***ing wrong? You f***ed her [Clarke’s ex Pip Edwards] on December 17

Clarke: No I didn’t

Jade: You f***ed her. You banged her, you f***ing dog. I’m about to get every f***ing message that you ever f***ing sent her.

Jade: You want to send her to India? You want to f***ing send her to India with you?

Jade: [Quoting a message] “You’re the love of my life Pip, come to India

Clarke: Don’t ever talk to me again

Jasmine: Stop Jade, stop

Bell: Let it go Jade

 

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