The farce surrounding the omission of Kevin Pietersen from the third Test at Lord’s has reached a new level with the news that Stuart Broad has released a statement denying any involvement with the parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account.
In the statement, issued through the ECB, he accepts to being a friend of the creator of the account, Richard Bailey, who tweets under the name @Bailsthebadger, but denies playing “any role in the creation of this account or providing any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.”
He said, “Following last night’s statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a parody Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen’s name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever. I met with the Managing Director of England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team. As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the parody account down.”
The ECB response sought to draw a line under the matter, with Morris, responding by saying, “Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England players. ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his re-assurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site.”
Kevin Pietersen’s friend, American chat show host and former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, last night attempted to implicate several England and Nottinghamshire players – including James Taylor, Graeme Swann, Alex Hales, but most notably Stuart Broad – in the affair by uploading screenshots of their interactions with Richard Bailey’s twitter account to his own twitter account and later taking to BBC Radio Five Live to further air his theories. The ECB, and by extension Stuart Broad, clearly felt that this very public attack by Morgan warranted an official denial, hence this evening’s press release.
Morgan - clearly a beliver in guilt by association - doesn't appear to want to let the matter rest there and following the press release, wrote, "So Stuart Broad had nothing to do with KP parody account, yet sent this tweet to the author 1 hour after he opened it:"
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