After coming under heavy fire for comments made on a political platform saying ‘any idiot can play cricket’ former minister Delisle Bradshaw has issued a statement.
The statement came after Democratic Labour Party Candidate, St George North Floyd Reifer made a call for Bradshaw to apologise in a video released on Saturday. (Shown below)
Below is the full text of Bradshaw’s statement released on the Barbados Labour Party’s Facebook page on Saturday night.
“I spoke on the Barbados Labour Party’s platform at Golden Ridge Village in St. George North on Thursday, October 15. At 79 years old it is something that I seldom do but I was reenergized by the prospect of a candidate of the calibre of Toni Moore representing all of the people of St. George North.
I said a lot of things during my platform presentation, including a comment that is being construed as disparaging and disrespectful to the glorious game of cricket and the outstanding men and women who have and still play the game, achieving honour and pride for Barbados and us Barbadians.
I have listened to a replay of what I said and I am man enough to admit that my comment, made in the heat of the moment, was indeed not the best or most respectful way to make my point. I have the greatest admiration for our cricketers, in fact for all sportspeople. You can’t grow up as I did in Edgecliff in St. John and not love cricket. We played cricket as often as we could and with anything that could lick way a ball and to this day I have the utmost respect for our cricket legends.
My point to Mr Reifer though, is that it is time for him to tell us more! More about his record of service in the community of St. George North that he claims to be so committed to. More about his realistic plans and ideas for the constituency. Yes, he has played cricket at its highest level with some success, but politics, especially in these times demands more.”