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Stuart Broad apologises after telling people living on minimum wage to stay humble

4.25K   //    28 Jan 2015, 11:54 IST
Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad

A huge controversy broke out yesterday after English fast bowler Stuart Broad took to Twitter to tell people living on minimum wage in England to stay humble as they are “in the top 10% earners in the world”.

Broad, who lives life as a millionaire, deleted the tweet and apologised after he received widespread criticism on the social networking website.

In an interview with Financial Times back in 2011, the 28-year-old had said: "I was probably worth £1 million two or three years ago, when I was 23. Like every member of the squad I get to drive a Jaguar XKR free of charge because Jaguar is our sponsor."

He had also spoken about his love for watches and wine.

"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 no 1 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," he said.

Expectedly, Broad’s tweet faced a lot of backlash on Twitter, with prominent personalities like Piers Morgan coming down heavily on the English cricketer.

The 28-year-old, later, clarified his comments and stated that the tweet was aimed at himself and that he was sorry if anyone took offence to it.

The minimum wage in the United Kingdom is £6.50 an hour for adults (aged 21 and over) and £5.13 for those aged 18 to 20.

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