Publicity stunt involving Andre Russell's Mercedes backfires badly

By August 20, 2019

There has been strong public backlash over what members of the public have deemed a sham of a public apology issued by a man described as the personal assistant to West Indies cricketer Andre Russell over a stunt he pulled along Dunrobin Avenue in Kingston last week.

Dennis Dietrich said he was the man behind the wheel of a high-end Mercedes motorcar that was seen spinning donuts along Dunrobin Avenue at the intersection of Dukharan Avenue late last week.

The car – a Mercedes AMG turbocharged C63 Coupe – is said to be valued at between US$67,000 (approximately J$9m) and US75,000 (J$10.1m).

The police subsequently released a statement in which it said it had identified the owner of the vehicle and requested that he meet with the police where the offence was committed.

Deitrich showed up claiming he was driving his boss’ car and spun the donuts before racing off along Dunrobin Avenue.

With the media looking on, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, the of the JCF’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch almost sounded apologetic when demanding the apology from Deitrich.

“A few days ago we had an incident in which you showed your skills on the road. I took an interest in because I am the head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch. I appreciate you coming in today and we had a conversation and I suspect you have something to say,” ACP Welsh said.

In response, Deitrich offered his apology.

“I am really, really sorry about this. I never really knew it would get big like this. I was just doing some fun with the car because it’s a fast car but I find out that is something really wrong I did. I am so sorry about it and it will never happen again.”

It is not clear where Deitrich was ticketed for the offence.

The backlash on social media was immediate. “So get an AMG and do whatever on the road and all I have to do is apologize…what country is this? Moral of the story, get rich” read a tweet from @governorOberie.

A former journalist and government minister Sandrea Falconer also weighed in.

“This is a disgrace! Why is @JamaicaConstab pandering to someone who operated his motor vehicle in a dangerous manner? I hope when others, especially poor Jamaicans operate their vehicles in a dangerous manner, they will be allowed to apologize.”

@20DollarLawyer was in agreement.

“This is embarrassing. The Jamaica Constabulary Force is a joke.”

@Jatin0923 took aim at the assistant commissioner.

“He needs to be fired. Instead of locking up the man he’s shaking hand and smiling! How different would it be if it was a taxi or someone else who is not a personal assistant of any ‘high-class’ individual’. This take the cake, icing and the crumbs.

 

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Simmons powers West Indies to series-saving T20 win over Ireland Simmons powers West Indies to series-saving T20 win over Ireland

    Lendl Simmons' unbeaten 91 guided West Indies to a crushing nine-wicket win against Ireland as their Twenty20 series finished level at 1-1 on Sunday.

    Rain briefly threatened to scupper the third and final match just as it had the second and Ireland will have wished for a greater downpour after being comprehensively outplayed at Warner Park in Basseterre.

    The tourists collapsed from 50-1 to 138 all out following a 45-minute delay as Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo snared three wickets apiece.

    Simmons ensured the Windies made light work of the chase, hitting five fours and 10 sixes in a blistering 40-ball innings that surpassed his previous best T20I score of 82.

    Evin Lewis added 46 from 25 deliveries in an opening stand worth 133 to help dash Ireland's chances of escaping with a series victory.

    Simi Singh claimed Lewis courtesy of a top edge before Simmons ended the contest two balls later, the 34-year-old launching another six at the end of the 11th over to force a drawn series.

  • Finch and Smith to discuss run out over a beer Finch and Smith to discuss run out over a beer

    Aaron Finch was run out following a mix-up with Steve Smith as Australia lost the third ODI to India on Saturday and the captain said the pair would discuss it over a beer.

    Finch rushed for a single after Smith shot to short third man but the former skipper never fully committed and Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer combined to send the ball to Mohammed Shami, who whipped the bails off at the non-striker's end.

    Although Smith went on to score a stunning 131, India limited the tourists to 286-9 in Bengaluru.

    Rohit Sharma (119) and Virat Kohli (89) formed a pivotal 137-run partnership and India went on to win by seven wickets with 15 balls remaining, sealing a 2-1 series triumph.

    "We haven't discussed it yet, maybe we will tonight over a beer," said Finch of the incident with Smith.

    "He played an exceptional knock, he rode the momentum when he had to, controlled the innings at various parts when we'd lose a wicket.

    "He really controlled that middle part which was really important to give us a chance at the back end. It was a top knock, real quality."

    Australia won a five-match series in India last March 3-2 and Kohli was proud to have atoned for that defeat.

    "We just want to go upwards and onwards. Getting one back given that we lost the series at home last year is really satisfying," said Kohli.

    "Australia were even better than last time. There's Steve, David [Warner] and Marnus [Labuschagne]. A quality bowling attack, and really intense in the field too.

    "We lost the last three in the last series and coming back and winning the last two games after losing the first one, is very satisfying."

    Shikhar Dhawan had to leave the field early in Australia's innings and was sent for an X-ray on his left shoulder, which he hurt while diving in the field.

    Kohli was proud of how India coped without Dhawan, who could be a doubt for their tour of New Zealand, which begins with the first of five Twenty20 games on Friday.

    "We're quite experienced, Rohit and I, and we were short of Shikhar's experience," said Kohli.

    "We got a good start. We expect openers of the quality of Rohit and KL [Rahul] to give us starts like that.

    "When KL got out it was a tricky situation. The ball was gripping and turning a bit, and this is where experience comes in.

    "We [Rohit and Kohli] spoke of stringing together a partnership and all Australia want are wickets and if we don't give them wickets we can chase seven or eight runs an over later on. We have that belief in our skill."

  • Boucher warns sorry Proteas must 'man up' Boucher warns sorry Proteas must 'man up'

    Mark Boucher warned South Africa must "man up" after they were "outskilled" by England on day four of the third Test at St George's Park.

    England captain Joe Root took 4-31 in Port Elizabeth after Mark Wood struck twice to ensure England require just four wickets on the final day to take a 2-1 lead with one match to play.

    The Proteas were all out for only 209 after losing their last four first-innings wickets for only one run early on the penultimate day and they were in deep trouble on 102-6 - trailing by 188 runs - following on at stumps.

    South Africa head coach Boucher offered a frank assessment of his side's shortcomings following a painful rain-affected day, which left them surely relying on the weather to save them on Monday.

    "I think we were outskilled, to be honest," he told Sky Sports. "You can blame different things for the situation but I've got to look at myself and find a way to get the players up mentally and upskill them in a short space of time.

    "I do think Joe Root was difficult to play at the end there. It's difficult to get down to the pitch of the ball - one slides on, one turns and it's like quicksand, the harder you try the deeper you sink.

    "But we've created this situation for ourselves. No excuses - we've got to man up now and take this forward and learn from these lessons.

    "When you're under the pump for a long time, every side has its breaking point and today we broke quite early, which is disappointing."

    Faf du Plessis went 54 balls without scoring at one point before he was sent packing by part-time spinner Root for 36, but Boucher insisted it is not time to discuss his future as captain.

    "That's not a call to make a this moment in time," Boucher said. "He's trying really hard and working really hard away from the game. 

    "If he's not scoring runs there's that extra pressure. The best way to answer that is putting runs on the board.

    "There's no hiding place in Test cricket. He's disappointed from a team perspective. He spent a bit of time in the middle, which is good for his confidence."

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.