Stuart Broad tells those on minimum wage to ‘stay humble’
The England fast bowler has stirred up Twitter by apparently suggesting that people on minimum wage have little to complain about.
The Nottinghamshire player, now in Australia with England as they prepare for next month’s , tweeted: “I’ve heard if you earn minimum wage in England you’re in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble,” provoking an outraged backlash on social media. On Tuesday evening the comment had already been retweeted 663 times.
Eddy Hogg tweeted: “It’s a pretty daft thing to say. Poverty is relative, after all, and something Oakham boy Stuart Broad has never experienced.”
Adam Watson said: “Pretty insulting to anyone who is on minimum wage. ‘Cheer up it could be worse … ’” while Mike from Merseyside suggested: “Swap wages with me for a few months then Broady? Single parent on just above min wage, see how you go on it?”
Broad later apologised for his comments, tweeting: “Clarifying my earlier tweet, I merely wanted to emphasise my amazement at just how big the world is. No offence meant and sorry if any taken. The hashtag was aimed at myself.”
However, there remained resentment on social media and in the wider world to the comments of England’s T20 captain, who attended Oakham school in Rutland as a day pupil – – and is on a central contract with England worth upwards of £500,000 a year plus match fees and sponsorship earnings.
: “I never look at things from a financial point of view but if you play well the money looks after itself. Half my earnings are from the England contract and win bonuses and half from sponsors such as Adidas, who make my cricket bats.”
He said in the same piece: “I was probably worth £1m two or three years ago, when I was 23,” and added, “like every member of the squad I get to drive a Jaguar XKR free of charge because Jaguar is our sponsor.
“I do have a weakness for watches, which I tend to buy after a special achievement. When we won the Ashes in 2009, I bought a Franck Muller watch and to celebrate No1 Test status I treated myself to a gold Jean Mairet & Gillman watch.
“I invest in wine, which I buy from a wine specialist. I’ve probably spent about £10,000 on various cases of wine in the past year.”
Perhaps unwisely given recent circumstances, he was asked what was the most you have paid for a bottle of fine wine or champagne? Broad replied: “When we had one of the guy’s birthdays after the Trent Bridge match against India I bought a bottle of champagne for £700.” Those on minimum wage had better start saving.