Franklyn Rose ordeal!
Upon return to Jamaica by way of deportation, former West Indies paceman, Franklyn Rose, is claiming racial injustice and wrongful deportation and recounted his story "for public information on racial profiling predominantly in a Caucasian environment".
Speaking in an interview via the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the Jamaican shared: "I need to let people know what really happened. I am disappointed in the New Zealand immigration system. I am very disappointed," he said of being locked up abroad and then deported.
Rose's attorney is currently pursuing the matter, and the former cricketer wants Jamaicans to understand he was not a lawbreaker.
"I want people to understand my side of the story, to set the record straight," Rose said.
Rose entered a professional contract with New Zealand Cricket playing and coaching at the club level in 2010. He played two years at that level before his contract ended. Rose said he had high hopes of retaining a new contract, but it was not to be.
He said that in 2012, he was victim of a traumatic racial assault.
According to the Jamaican, four Caucasian men used racially discriminatory words while attacking him in an attempt to steal his car.
THEY BEAT ME
"They beat me down. One (guy) missed my head and chopped me on the hand," said Rose, who was subsequently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at hospital for three days before being released, according to him, prematurely.
"The nurses kicked me out; (they) said they needed to care for other patients. After a day my friend had to take me back to the hospital. I was having some serious pains. The doctors told me I had a blood clot in my lungs and I had nerve damage in my hand," said Rose.
The former cricketer said there was no arrest related to his assault, even though the incident was reported to the police.
"I reported the incident to the police, but because of the colour of my skin, they thought I was in a gang or something."
By the time he got kicked out of hospital, Rose's cricket career was virtually over and he was on his own to pay the medical bills.
"They thought that I was addicted to drugs or pain medication or something. They knew I was sick, though, that I had a blood clot. I ended up going to a private hospital instead," he outlined, adding that he felt that his rejection was influenced by his race.
Rose added that the private hospital fees were as high at US$1,500 per day, which he paid out of pocket. He was discharged after a week.
He explained that the severity of his health condition and the fact that he had to be taking medication disallowed him from flying back home to Jamaica.
Thus, he stayed in New Zealand for another two years while seeing various health specialists weekly to assist with his recovery.
"I was prescribed very strong medication Warfarin. That's a blood thinner. I also had internal bleeding in my brain; that meant more hospital fees and medication, and I was advised by the doctors that I could not travel by air," he stressed.
Rose admitted that it was depressing not being able to play cricket.
"One morning, the police came knocking on my door. They questioned me about my immigration status and asked for my medical documents. I told them everything and gave them all my documents," Rose said.
"They put me on a reporting order. I had to report to the police station every Wednesday at 9 a.m. I did that religiously," he said.
Rose stressed that everything seemed well until eight weeks ago when the police came to his house at 6 a.m. and "dragged me out".
Rose said, to his dismay, he was told that he was under investigation for an alleged rape incident.
"I was so confused. I know that it was a lie and they treated me like I was nothing."
Rose said he was advised that, irrespective of his medical condition, he would be deported because of his overstay.
Rose added that while in court, the judge advised him there were no flights available for his deportation.
"They threw me in prison for 10 days, among murderers, rapists and other convicts. It was crazy; I know I didn't belong there." Rose said.
"I couldn't get to use the shower. I couldn't brush my teeth for 10 days and I didn't even get my medication until after eight days of being locked up. I could have died in that cell. I was so depressed."
Rose recalled: "I was finally given shower privileges, but no one told me that each shower lasted for only five minutes. They cut off the water while I was soaped up. I had to wash off myself with the water from the toilet."
After spending 38 days in prison, he said he was taken out of his cell and escorted to the airport.
"They put me in one of those prison trucks. They treated me like a criminal."
He was then seated at the back of the plane and placed under high security.
He added that he is looking forward to full recovery, while enabling him to make a contribution to cricket.