The Derby County boss, who shares four sons with wife Coleen, became embroiled in another scandal at the weekend when the pictures of him asleep in a hotel room went viral.
Wayne, 35, was seen sleeping on a chair as three women partied around him, taking pictures with him in the background.
While there is no suggestion that he or the three women acted inappropriately or illegally, Cheshire Police have confirmed that they won’t be taking any action regarding the complaint of blackmail made in relation to the images.
The women have apologised to him for the embarrassment caused and sold him the copyright of the pictures for £1.
And last night, the former England and Manchester United player issued an apology, but one that didn’t leave author and body language expert Judi James entirely convinced.
He said: “I made a mistake. I went to a private party with two of my friends and from me, I’d like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round.
“I want to move forward on this. I’m grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs.
“I will do everything in my power to do that.”
When asked if he felt like the victim, he said: “Yes, but I don’t really want to go into that. Listen, it’s dealt with and I’m looking forward to moving forward and preparing for another game on Sunday.”
Here’s what Judi had to say about Wayne’s apology…
Yet another chapter of ‘Wayne’s world’ here, this time a rather unexpected public apology – but what did he actually say and what did his body language tell us as he said it?
This close-up apology focuses all the attention onto Wayne’s facial expression. His features signal an air of grave seriousness, with the eyes a little more expressionless than usual and his lips pulled in and down. His features are asymmetric, suggesting mixed emotions though and when he refuses to go beyond his remit and answer further questions that chin goes up and a sense of authority returns.
5/10 for his sad face then, while he holds it in place, mainly because of incongruent signals and the fact that it seems to have a pretty strict time limit to it, with Wayne then going back to normal and telling us ‘It’s dealt with’.
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The rocking to and fro and the rapid blink rate do suggest inner pressures but they can also be a sign of impatience and even suppressed annoyance so a wary 4/10 here.
Wayne looks away to his left to compose his words which can be seen as accessing recalled memory and when he comes back with his finished product he does use eye contact on the interviewer, using quite a challenging glance. His eyes go to the other side during the actual moment of apology which could imply he’s trying to work out the implications and effects here…..6/10
The ‘I made a mistake’ is clipped, with a full stop and a pause. ‘I went to a private party with my friend.’ Ditto, both stand-alone statements.
‘For ME I’d like to apologise to my family and the club…’ with an emphasis on the ‘Me’, which sounds odd ‘For the images that were going around’ – So Wayne’s apology is about the images here.
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‘I want to move forward on this’ sounds like a rather more dismissive ending as in ‘I’ve said I’m sorry, that’s it’. 3/10 then, this started promisingly with brevity and emphasis but his ending maybe lacked humility.
Wayne uses the rising inflection, meaning his voice rises at the ends of his sentences making them sound like questions rather than statements. 4/10 because this creates tonal incongruence.
These are the smaller cues that accompany his words. He smacks his lips after mentioning the ‘private party’ which looks like emphasis.
His frown at the start turns to a brow-shrug with raised brows that implies the party was no big deal. His head performs a similar micro-shrug.
He performs two tongue-pokes that can suggest rejection and dislike, one after he mentions the images and the other after saying ‘I want to move forward’.
He also performs a small mouth-snarl wrinkling when he tells us he wants to move forward.
His chin rises to re-boot his authority and his voice becomes louder as the says ‘It’s dealt with.’ 4/10
Did he look genuine in his emotions then? This apology was for the ‘images that were going round’. I imagine he does feel sorry for that, so some sense of authenticity shouldn’t be too much of a problem here.