Mike Ashley issues a statement over his poor Sports Direct actions, which saw him try to keep shops open, only to do a U-turn when forced by the government.
He faced huge criticism from MPs after he tried to claim Sports Direct was an essential operator for keeping the nation fit, before then having to close his stores.
The Government has told the public they should only go shopping for essential items such as food or medicine in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Here is Mike Ashley’s letter in full:
“Given what has taken place over the last few days, I thought it was necessary to address and apologise for much of what has been reported across various media outlets regarding my personal actions and those of the Frasers Group business.
“Our intentions were only to seek clarity from the Government as to whether we should keep some of our stores open; we would never have acted against their advice. In hindsight, our emails to the Government were ill-judged and poorly timed, when they clearly had much greater pressures than ours to deal with. On top of this, our communications to our employees and the public on this was poor.
“There has been no dress rehearsal for what we as a nation are currently tackling, and I for one am immensely proud of how our Government, our NHS & all of our key workers have handled the situation so far. I would especially like to thank my Frasers Group employees, who have stood by the business in difficult times before and are doing so again currently. We are working very hard to save our business, so that we can continue to be one of the biggest employers on the UK high street once this pandemic has passed.
“Outside of Frasers Group, I have offered our support to the NHS and we are poised and ready for when that offer is accepted, with our entire fleet of lorries at their disposal – to help deliver medical equipment and supplies. This offer is not limited to the NHS but all key workforces across the Government. We will help wherever possible.
“Finally, to reiterate, I am deeply apologetic about the misunderstandings of the last few days. We will learn from this and will try not to make the same mistakes in the future.
“I strongly encourage everyone to follow the Government’s advice, stay safe and healthy through these challenging times, not least my employees.
“Kind Regards, Mike Ashley”
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Fans reacted as Mike Ashley issues a statement over his poor Sports Direct actions…
Horses piss. Hasn’t he been here before? Pushed, and even broken boundaries on the basis of ‘wanting to seek clarity’ then retracts and hopes everyone will forget about it…? Merely an exercise in damage limitation. As hollow as it gets. I hope no-one buys into this garbage.
— Tom Smith (@CTA_Smith88) March 27, 2020
I really hope this show of utter disrespect to his staff and the NHS has massive consequences financially, as that is all Mike Cashley lives for. Pure Greed!
— Wayne Jones (@WayneJJones) March 27, 2020
Ah whatever , he is a disgrace ! I’m glad the rest of the country, hopefully will be starting to see why we all REALLY can’t abide him ! It’s not just for the crack!
— Christie Reid (@creidy86) March 27, 2020
— richd ?? (@richdnufc) March 27, 2020
Too little too late! #BoycottSportsDirect
— Adrian Purvis (@PurvisAdrian) March 27, 2020
Takes a big man to listen to his PR advisors about how he dropped a massive bollock.
— kev (@TorqueOfTheToon) March 27, 2020
You think he's apologised for any other reason than being backed into a corner? A caring human being wouldn't of made the choices he did to start with ??♂️
— Craig Larkin (@clarkin1984) March 27, 2020
The least believable part of this letter is the idea that Mike Ashley has ever had 'Kind regards' for anyone. He's just one more richman with so little regard for anything but money that, even in the middle of a national crisis, he had to have his PR team explain it to him.
— Martin Calladine (@uglygame) March 27, 2020
We’ve all heard many an insincere apology from him over the years for the same mistakes he continues to make in his running of NUFC. We know his first action is always his true action. He tweeted the government the other day out of pure petulance and greed. This is no apology.
— Gallowgate Original (@GallowgateO) March 27, 2020
NO ONE BELIEVES YOU !!!!!!!
— Owls_WAWAW (@WawawOwls) March 27, 2020
It was written by one.
— Jamie Keen (@Keenooooo) March 27, 2020
This isn’t an apology. He doesn’t say he was wrong. He blames reporting and not knowing better. Will never ever go to one of his businesses. He’s not a nice person.
— LaDawn (@ladawncp) March 27, 2020
I'm sorry i got caught. Fucking mug!
— Craggles (@NUFCJunkie) March 27, 2020