Key suggests Beckham comments misheard

Last updated 08:51 05/11/2012

Relevant offers

Politics

Stacey Kirk: Reinvesting in education at the expense of the younger generation Give me some election cash, and I'll promise to forget who you are David v Jacinda: Time for tough talk on public policy Oscar Kightley: 'Uncomfortable secrets from our past' New Zealand strengthens ties with Sri Lanka Jonathan Milne: Voters must know who's secretly bankrolling mayoral candidates Prime Minister John Key and the elephant in the Sri Lankan courtroom Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy visits Nelson's Whakatu Marae Live by the sword, die by the sword - Colin Craig's life lesson What was that all about? The Colin Craig trial in a nutshell

Prime Minister John Key says someone thought he called famous football star David Beckham ''thick'' after overhearing a private conversation.

Mr Key reportedly said Beckham was a nice man but also ''as thick as bat shit'' during a talk with a group of high school students in Dunedin on Friday.

The former England and Manchester United player - who now plays for Los Angeles Galaxy - came to New Zealand in December 2008.

Mr Key and his son Max met him then.

British and Australian media were quick to pick up on reports of the comments.

Mr Key this morning refused to deny he made the comments but suggested he had been misheard.

''That is someone that thinks they've overheard a conversation I've had.

'''Somebody has overheard a personal conversation and that's their recollection of it. That's their view.''

He said he would not engage because otherwise he would have to do so every time someone reported his comments.

''The person thought they overheard me saying something,'' he told TVNZ's Breakfast show.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content