Frater apologises for 'error of judgement' - release
NATIONAL sprinter and multiple medal-winner at global championships Michael Frater has expressed regret for accepting an invitation to attend an event that coincided with the Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Thursday.
Consequentially, Frater, who is also a Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) vice-president, never attended the latter, where an apology was tendered on his behalf by his representative, Laurel Smith, who noted that the athlete had sustained a leg injury, which was made worse by him contracting the chikungunya virus. As such, Smith said if Frater were to be present to collect his award, he would have needed the support of crutches.
Frater was spotted at an event at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge the same night of the awards, leading to debate about his integrity.
A release has since been issued from the Michael Frater management team to clarify the situation.
"Michael Frater sincerely apologises for accepting an invitation to attend an event which was extended to him subsequent to the Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence ceremony, where earlier that evening an apology was tendered on his behalf owing to his ill-health.
"Mr Frater unreservedly admits that in acquiescing to the invitation he committed an error of judgement, which understandably has been interpreted as being disrespectful, in particular, to His Excellency, Ambassador the Honourable Courtney Walsh, the Courtney Walsh Foundation, CHASE Foundation, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, former Prime Minister, the Honourable Percival J. Patterson, stakeholders and persons in attendance at the award ceremony."
It continued: "Prior to the award ceremony, Mr Frater unfortunately suffered a leg injury for which he was then and still is receiving medical attention and which, regrettably, was exacerbated by his contracting the chikungunya virus. He acknowledges that given his ill-health and in light of the apology tendered for his absence at the award ceremony, he should, properly and respectfully, have declined the invitation.
"He deeply regrets the events and wishes to give the utmost assurance that his respect for the award, its benefactor, Ambassador Walsh, the Courtney Walsh Foundation and the people of Jamaica, who continue to support and inspire him, is abiding.
While recognising his imperfections as a human being, he fully accepts responsibility for this indiscretion, continues to be inspired by the love of family, friends and the people of Jamaica and is committed to the enduring values of humanity.
"Mr Frater has already issued letters of apology to relevant parties and personally responded to his fans on his Facebook page," it concluded.