Nottinghamshire and England cricketer Stuart Broad faces a backlash after he suggested that people earning the minimum wage should “stay humble”.
Nottinghamshire’s Broad tweeted: “I’ve heard if you earn minimum wage in England you’re in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble.”
Many Twitter users took offence to the tweet, which has since been deleted, while people of Nottingham have also expressed their annoyance.
Owner of Ideas on Paper, Alex Smith said: “I don’t think you can simplify things the way he did.
“In the raw sense of things he’s got a point but at the same time it’s all about context.
“While you may be in the top ten per cent in the world you are being compared against people in some horrible circumstances.”
The 42-year-old of Hockley added: “As the country who had the industrial revolution first we should be ahead of the game in the way we meet the majority of people’s needs and not just privileged sportsmen.”
Broad later apologised for the tweet, insisting it had been misunderstood and that the hashtag was aimed at himself.
20-year-old student Katie Wood found the tweet somewhat hypocritical due to the amount of money the bowler earns.
She said: “It annoys me that somebody who gets paid way too much in the first place has the audacity to come out and say something like that.
“At least he said sorry afterwards but he still shouldn’t be making comments like that in the first place. It’s a bit crass.”
The 28-year-old has represented England since 2006 and now captains the one day side.
His contract with the England Cricket Board is estimated to be worth around £500,000 a year before bonuses and sponsorship deals.
While many people were agnered by the tweet, some have defended the Ashes winner, who lives in West Bridgford when not touring with the national team.
Construction worker Gary Chick believes Broad is simply a victim of the perils of social media.
The 44-year-old of Beeston said: “I think half of the time things get misconstrued and misunderstood.
“Half of the time you’ll do something, we’ve all done it, where you write something and think it’s okay and then you look at it again and realised you shouldn’t have done it.”
“He’s right that people should feel lucky that they have a job in the first place.”