Jesse Ryder assault 'sad day for New Zealand cricket'


Jesse Ryder assault '
    New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder remains in an induced coma after being the victim of a serious assault, police have said.
    
    The 28-year-old all-rounder was admitted to Christchurch Hospital in the early hours of the morning having suffered multiple injuries including, according to reports, a fractured skull. 
    
    Ryder was involved in an altercation with up to three people outside Aikmans bar in the suburb of Christchurch shortly after 12.30am local time. 
    
    He was then assaulted by one of the group who followed him towards the car park of a nearby McDonald's. 
    
    "The hospital advise that Jesse is in a critical condition," Detective Senior Sergeant 
    
    Brian Archer said. "He is in an induced coma as a result of suffering multiple injuries. 
    
    "It was an initial incident involving at least two to three people. As Jesse has gone towards the car park at McDonald's he's been followed by two of the three people, we believe, and one of those two has assaulted Jesse." 
    
    He added: "It appears Jesse has been the victim of a serious assault and has suffered head injuries as a result." 
    
    New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills said today: "It's a sad day for us a number of players around the country are in shock as you know. Our focus now is on Jesse and his well being. 
    
    "Jesse has been fighting some demons over the years and he has struggled with them. It will be an ongoing battle for Jesse and we need to do all we can to help him. 
    
    "He's got those demons so it shouldn't be a surprise if in the future if we have to deal with isolated incidents. 
    
    "What I will say - and it's been made very clear to us by the police today - is that Jesse was having a few drinks with his team-mates at the conclusion of their season. The actual assault was not an alcohol-fuelled incident." 
    
    Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa. 
    
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