Kelli Stevens talks about Carey affair

Anthony Stevens’ former wife has spoken out about her infamous affair with his teammate Wayne Carey.

The two North Melbourne stars were close friends, but Carey quit the club in early 2002 when it emerged he was having an affair with Stevens’ wife Kelli.

The affair killed the friendship between the two teammates and eventually ended the Stevens’ marriage.

Both men have spoken publicly about the scandal in recent weeks, eliciting a response from Kelli Stevens on Saturday.

Kelli says Carey pursued her, calling her every day for weeks after flirting at a November 2001 wedding, before the affair began.

She also says he asked her to start a new life with him, shortly after the scandal broke.

“It’s something that happened and looking back, of course I made a mistake but now I see it as a symptom of my marriage,” she told the Herald Sun of the affair.

Stevens spotted Kelli and Carey leaving a toilet together in March 2002, at the home of North teammate Glenn Archer.

In an autobiography years later, Carey said he had told Kelli to get out, but she claims that’s a lie.

“We were kissing, said `love you’, and went back to the party,” she said.

Stevens, who spoke to the Fox Footy program Open Mike, said Carey had not apologised to him.

Carey denied that was the case.

“That was probably the one thing – I won’t say hurt me – but I was disappointed that Anthony thought I hadn’t apologised,” he told the Seven Network.

“I have, certainly face-to-face on a couple of occasions.”

The Kangaroos great added he apologised to the whole team, including Stevens, for what he calls a massive mistake.

He said he understood why Stevens felt the need to talk publicly about the scandal.

“You clearly have someone who is still emotional and still has a lot of feelings around something,” Carey said.

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