The former Skipper of Australian team Steve Waugh had some words to Symonds. He said "My philosophy is, don’t look down on people who look up to you. Sometimes you are larger than life to people, they might have only seen you on TV or whatever, and you have to be polite.”
"Most of the time the easier option is to give the person their autograph or have the picture taken. It takes longer to say no than just to oblige with a fan’s request – as long as the person is respectful," said Waugh.
"If they aren’t respectful, it can be delicate situation but you just have to back out of it before it becomes a problem. How you handle that makes the difference. If someone gets a bit aggressive you just have to shrug your shoulders and walk away," said the former captain.
"At the end of the day it’s the individual who is responsible for their actions. We’re all adults; you can’t hold anyone’s hand. The buck stops somewhere," he said and continued.
"You have to look after each other. You have to keep an eye out for your mates. The Australian cricket team has always been pretty good at looking after each other and helping each other make good decisions," he said.