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Wayne Carey reveals his biggest regret about signing up for SAS Australia


AFL great Wayne Carey has revealed the one thing he regrets about signing up for Seven’s military-style reality show SAS Australia.

The North Melbourne legend, 50, became the sixth contestant to hand in his number this season, citing a prior shoulder injury as the reason for his departure.    

Discussing his experience while hosting Seven’s Saturday footy this weekend, Carey said the physical toll of SAS Australia made him initially regret going on the show.  

'What was I thinking?' Wayne Carey, 50, (pictured) has revealed the physical toll of SAS Australia made him initially regret going on the show

‘What was I thinking?’ Wayne Carey, 50, (pictured) has revealed the physical toll of SAS Australia made him initially regret going on the show 

‘What was I thinking? I wasn’t thinking,’ he told his co-presenters, adding: ‘I can tell you after about an hour into the course I thought to myself, ‘What are you doing, why have you done it?”  

Carey praised the show’s Directing Staff for pushing him to his limits, both physically and mentally. 

‘It’s definitely real, there’s no take one, take two … one of the toughest things I’ve done considering (I’ve got) a bit of a bung shoulder going in. Great experience,’ he insisted. 

On second thought: Discussing his experience while hosting Saturday footy, Carey said: 'I can tell you after about an hour into the course I thought to myself, 'What are you doing, why have you done it?''

On second thought: Discussing his experience while hosting Saturday footy, Carey said: ‘I can tell you after about an hour into the course I thought to myself, ‘What are you doing, why have you done it?”

Going under the knife: Carey is now preparing to undergo a shoulder replacement this year, having previously undergone multiple shoulder reconstructions since retiring from professional football in 2004

Going under the knife: Carey is now preparing to undergo a shoulder replacement this year, having previously undergone multiple shoulder reconstructions since retiring from professional football in 2004

Carey is now preparing to undergo a shoulder replacement this year, having previously undergone multiple shoulder reconstructions since retiring from professional football in 2004.     

Carey made quite the impact during his appearance on SAS Australia. 

While under interrogation, he spoke candidly about his 2002 affair with his former teammate Antony Stevens’ wife, Kelli. 

Candid: Carey made quite the impact during his appearance on SAS Australia

Candid: Carey made quite the impact during his appearance on SAS Australia

Former friends: During an interrogation, Carey detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens. (right). Pictured together after the AFL grand final in Melbourne in 1996

Former friends: During an interrogation, Carey detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens. (right). Pictured together after the AFL grand final in Melbourne in 1996

His revelation left Chief Instructor Ant Middleton shocked, as Carey said: ‘It’s haunted me for over 20 years. I was in self-destruction mode. You know, I guess my life started to unravel.’

The premiership captain was married to Sally McMahon at the time, and Anthony had even acted as a groomsman at their wedding just a year earlier.

Carey later issued a public apology to his former best friend in 2016, insisting the affair had been a one-night only event.  

Love and betrayal: Wayne and Kelli (right, with Anthony at an AFL match in Brisbane in August 2004) had been caught in a bathroom together by teammates at a birthday party, eventually shattering both men's marriages

Love and betrayal: Wayne and Kelli (right, with Anthony at an AFL match in Brisbane in August 2004) had been caught in a bathroom together by teammates at a birthday party, eventually shattering both men’s marriages

Following the highly publicised affair, he left his football club and struck up a relationship with model Kate Neilson, who he later proposed to, and things turned from bad to worse.  

He was arrested and charged by Miami police during a holiday with Kate after she alleged that Carey had smashed a wine glass on her face during dinner, cutting her mouth and neck.

Police were called to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at around midnight on October 27, 2007, where they found Carey asleep.

According to the police report, Carey appeared drunk when they woke him, and he lashed out, kicking one officer in the mouth and elbowing another in the face.   

Bad to worse: Following the highly publicised affair, Carey left his football club and struck up a relationship with model Kate Neilson, who he later proposed to, and things turned from bad to worse.

Bad to worse: Following the highly publicised affair, Carey left his football club and struck up a relationship with model Kate Neilson, who he later proposed to, and things turned from bad to worse. 

He was then taken to Miami-Dade County jail and charged with assaulting a public servant, resisting an officer with violence and aggravated battery. 

Carey later pleaded guilty to two counts of battery of a law enforcement officer and one count of resisting arrest with violence. 

He agreed to make a $US500 (AUD$694) donation to the Miami police benevolent fund, attend classes on alcohol abuse and anger management, and has written letters of apology to the police officers involved. 

‘In America, I’ve been charged with assaulting police. I got accused of glassing my girlfriend,’ he told Ant.

Charged: He was arrested and charged by Miami police during a holiday with Kate after she alleged that Carey had smashed a wine glass on her face during dinner, cutting her mouth and neck. Pictured with former fiancée Kate Neilson outside court in Miami in October 2008

Charged: He was arrested and charged by Miami police during a holiday with Kate after she alleged that Carey had smashed a wine glass on her face during dinner, cutting her mouth and neck. Pictured with former fiancée Kate Neilson outside court in Miami in October 2008

‘I went over to throw wine on her in a restaurant, which clearly is wrong. The glass touched her lip, the headlines were that I glassed her.’ 

Seemingly not convinced by Carey’s version of events, a cynical Ant asked him: ‘What the f**k are you playing at? What went through your head?’

Carey said that the incident was ‘one of the biggest regrets of my life’, but insisted the glass had only ‘touched her lip’. 

Regret: Carey said that the incident was 'one of the biggest regrets of my life', but insisted the glass had only 'touched her lip'

Regret: Carey said that the incident was ‘one of the biggest regrets of my life’, but insisted the glass had only ‘touched her lip’ 

‘[It] didn’t break. I wasn’t trying to glass her,’ he said. 

Ant then asked Wayne if he was ‘an aggressive person’. 

‘All my partners will say I’ve never been physically abusive, but have I been abusive mentally and also, I guess, intimidating? Absolutely,’ Wayne said.

Added Ant: ‘You have this f**king attitude, “I’m the world’s greatest footballer, I do what the f**k I want.”‘

But Carey said Middleton’s assessment of him wasn’t true, and his bad behaviour was ‘due to a number of reasons’. 

Not buying it: Seemingly not convinced by Carey's version of events, a cynical Middleton (pictured) asked him: 'What the f**k are you playing at? What went through your head?'

Not buying it: Seemingly not convinced by Carey’s version of events, a cynical Middleton (pictured) asked him: ‘What the f**k are you playing at? What went through your head?’ 

‘Actually being physically violent to someone, I saw that everyday growing up… Horrific stuff,’ he said.

‘And that’s why when people close to me said, “That is unacceptable,” I’d say, “What do you mean? I raised my voice, I stood up. You know, I put my arm on her.”‘

He added: ‘I now know how warped my thinking was. You don’t actually have to hit someone to be abusive.’ 

Carey said ‘the penny dropped’ and he eventually changed his problematic behaviour.

‘I spoke to the right people, and that’s not to say that I’m a perfect human now either. I’m still a work in progress,’ he said. 

He added: ‘I’m not proud of some of the things that I’ve done. But I’ve done a lot of work on myself over the last 10 years and I take ownership of it.’ 

Regret: 'I now know how warped my thinking was. You don't actually have to hit someone to be abusive,' Wayne said

Regret: ‘I now know how warped my thinking was. You don’t actually have to hit someone to be abusive,’ Wayne said

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