First of all we are very disappointed that you feel that you need to air your grievances publicly on a social network site for everyone to view despite giving you the opportunity to contact us and deal with the matter privately. It is important to note that we have never felt the need to publicly discuss this issue. However, we believe that it is time that we released a public statement explaining the reason for your temporary exclusion.
After you were rejected from the skatepark in March and you texted Ian as to why this was the case we respectfully tried to call you to explain why. We left you a voicemail requesting that you call us back so that we could reiterate the reason for your ban.
Last year you verbally agreed to do a coaching clinic at Rampworx with Rob Pruett, Steve Swain and Pete Dearden. Having won Slamm Jamm you received a cheque for £3500 and then proceeded to attempt to cash your cheque at a specialist cash cheque centre. In order for you to do this you needed to contact Ian (Robinson – Project Manager) to verify that the cheque was yours before they (the specialist cheque cashing centre) would cash the cheque. Ian raised concerns with you at this point because of your new found wealth that you not turn up for the clinic that you were to be paid (well) for… you said and Ian quotes “that it wont happen, I will be there, honest! I will not let you down”.
Unfortunately, after winning the prize pot at Slam Jam 10 you left the country without informing anyone at Rampworx, or Adam Kola your Powerslide representative. This was hugely disappointing for not only the organisation and the rollerblading industry, but also the young people who view you as a significant roll model and for the parents who had invested time and money in bringing their children; particularly those from as far as Cardiff, Ipswich, Coventry and Newcastle. Therefore, you can appreciate our frustration and embarrassment at having to explain to the parents, youth bodies and sponsors that you were unavailable. It is also important to note that your sponsors and teammates were hugely disappointed and embarrassed by your behaviour and lack of professionalism. We have yet to receive an apology from you for this incident and, as yet, have not contacted the Project Manager, Ian Robinson, to discuss your issues with him. To this end we must confirm that you are still banned from the skatepark and as such will not be eligible to compete at the CHAZ SANDS INVITATIONAL ON THE 30th May 2009.
As regards the footage of you at Rampworx we must remind you that any footage filmed at Rampworx and used as edits is the intellectual property of the organisation. If, however, you wish to purchase the rights to this then please contact Ian Robinson on 0151 666 2224.
I hope this statement clears any confusion, misinterpretation, or misinformation that may be circulating about your current ban at Rampworx.
- This is the lamest part about bringing business professionals and investors into blading. You act like a skater and they bust out some policies and procedures horse shit. You guys should move the chaz sands comp to another park.