Former Black Cap Andre Adams fears for Lou Vincent's safety as the knives come out for his good friend and former team-mate.
Vincent was at the centre of a widespread match-fixing scandal and has reportedly hired security for his west Auckland home after excerpts from a report into evidence he gave to the International Cricket Council were leaked by British newspapers.
''It's scary for me, I don't want to wake up one day and hear that my mate's gone because he's made some bad choices,'' Adams told Radio Sport.
''He's not a murderer, he hasn't killed anyone. Of course I worry about his safety. The hardest thing about this is he's made bad decisions but he's actually a really wonderful person.
"He'll be hating himself for the decisions that he's made.''
Adams lashed out at former Black Cap Iain O'Brien who, in a column for Britain's Daily Telegraph, said he had long held suspicions over Vincent.
O'Brien claimed other Black Caps had called Vincent ''a fixer, a cheat and many more unprintable things'' as they observed his time in the Indian Cricket League.
''I don't think it's very brave to say them after the fact that it's come out,'' Adams said.
''If you had those suspicions, why didn't you say it and put your neck on the line rather than coming out and slaying someone while they're down.
"I found that very weak and a kick in the guts. If he thought Lou was a fixer then why didn't he say that before?''
The explosive evidence from Vincent, reported in England's Daily Mail on Friday, said he had identified 12 games around the world which involved fixing, including Auckland games during the Champions Trophy in South Africa in 2012.
Adams played in that tournament, but said he did not suspect Vincent of fixing.
The UK-based Adams believed Vincent's mental health issues had made him an easy target for bookmakers and match-fixers.
''I'm not saying that's an excuse, but having a mental health issue probably made him a pretty soft target.''
Adams, who has been interviewed by the ICC's anti-corruption unit, believed Vincent was a ''bottom feeder'' of a match-fixing operation.
''It's the scenario of someone taking drugs, isn't it, the person who is holding the drugs at the time gets prosecuted but inevitably they want to look higher and they want to look at the drug dealers and the importers.
"In this scenario, for want of a better term, Lou is probably the bottom feeder.
"There's obviously going to be players higher than him, people who are very powerful and have a lot of money.''
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