Former West Indies cricketer Franklyn Rose has been speaking about his deportation from New Zealand for the first time since he was sent back to Jamaica earlier this month.
A statement issued by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) today said Rose began a professional contract with New Zealand Cricket playing and coaching at the club level in 2010. He spent two years at the club level before his contract ended, with the hopes of retaining a new one.
The WIPA statement said that Rose was a victim to a traumatic racial assault in 2012 which changed his life forever.
Four caucasian men slurred racially discriminatory words while attacking him in attempt to steal his car. “They beat me down. One [guy] missed my head and chopped me on the hand.” explained Rose.
The former cricketer was subsequently admitted in the hospital in the Intensive Care Unit for three days before being released prematurely. “The nurses kicked me out, [they] said they needed to care for other patients. And after a day, my friend had to take me back to the hospital. I was having some serious pains.” Rose said. “The doctors told me I had a blood clot in my lungs and I had nerve damage in my hand.” His cricket career was seemingly over. Irrespective of his medical condition, Rose was once again thrown out of the hospital after three days.
A few days later, Rose had to be taken back to the emergency room at the public hospital but he was denied treatment.
“They thought that I was addicted to drugs or pain medication or something. They knew I was sick though; that I had a blood clot. I ended up going to a private hospital instead.” said Rose.
He emphasized that the private hospital fees ranged as high at US$1500 a day, which he had to pay out-of-pocket. He was discharged after a week.
“I was prescribed very strong medication; Warfarin. That’s a blood thinner.” Rose said. “I also had internal bleeding in my brain. That meant more hospital fees and medication, and I was advised by the doctors that I could not travel by air.” He explained that the severity of his health and the intake of these drugs disallowed him from flying back home to Jamaica. Rose stayed in New Zealand for another two years, whilst seeing various health specialists per week to assist with his slow recovery.
According to him the police showed up at his house one morning, questioned him about his immigration status and asked for medical documents.
“I told them everything and gave them all my documents” Rose said. “They put me [on] a reporting order. I had to report to the police station every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. I did that religiously.”
“Everything was ok up until eight weeks ago. The police came to my house at 6:00am and dragged me out. That was the last time I saw my house.”
Rose stated that the policemen who escorted him informed him that he was under investigation for an alleged rape incident.
“I was so confused. I know that it was a lie and they treated me like I was nothing.”
Upon his arrival to the police station, he was questioned once again by the police about his immigration status and then thrown in jail. Rose was then advised that, irrespective of his medical condition, he would be deported due to his overstay.
He said he was taken to court and advised by the judge that there were no flights available for his deportation.
“They threw me in prison for 10 days among murderers, rapists and other convicts. It was crazy, I know I didn’t belong there.” Rose said.
“I couldn’t get to use the shower. I couldn’t brush my teeth for ten days and I didn’t even get my medication until after eight days of being locked up. I could have died in that cell. I was so depressed.”
Rose said on the 11th day he was taken back to court and then advised once again that there were no flights available. “They said I would have to go back to prison for another 28 days. I know for a fact that there were flights to and from New Zealand every day. That was ridiculous.”
Rose recalled his most scarring experience in prison: “I was finally given shower privileges, but no one told me that each shower lasted for only five minutes. They cut off the water while I was soaped up. I had to wash off myself with the water from the toilet.” Rose explained that he subsequently suffered from blisters and growing lesions on his skin but was denied medical attention.
After spending 38 days in prison, he was taken out of his cell and escorted to the airport. “They put me in one of those prison trucks. They treated me like a criminal. When we got to the airport, two armed police guys were behind me the whole time with huge guns.” He was then seated at back of the plane and placed under high security. Rose was finally going home.
According to WIPA, to date there has been no arrest related to his assault to date.
Franklyn Rose’s attorney is currently pursuing the matter. He believes it is important to recount his story for public information on racial profiling predominantly Caucasian environments. “Yeah, I want people to understand my side of the story; to set record straight” Rose said.
Rose is looking forward to his full recovery, enabling him to once again make a contribution to cricket.