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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Bradman family distressed by articles

Published: Friday, November 9, 2001, 23:51 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Donald Bradman's family says it is saddened and distressed at newspaper articles about the personal and business past of Australia's greatest cricketer.[an error occurred while processing this directive]His son John Bradman said it was unfair The Australian newspaper had waited until after his father's death to publish the allegations, when Bradman was unable to defend himself.An article in The Australian last week quoted Bradman's nephew Paul Bradman alleging the cricket great had cut himself off from his parents, siblings and their children. The following day the paper alleged Bradman had been complicit in fraudulent dealings at the Adelaide stockbrokers, which employed him from 1935 until it was bankrupted by financial scandal in 1945.In a statement on Thursday, the Bradman family and the Bradman Foundation said they were disappointed the newspaper chose to wait some eight months after the cricket legend's death to publish the material. This had deprived him of a right of reply to material that would "clearly have been defamatory of him and his family," it said."The publication of these articles has caused a considerable amount of distress and sadness amongst members of the family and the foundation," it said.John Bradman added, "My dad was a decent person and scrupulously honest, it is unfair this material has been published when my dad is not able to defend himself."The statement said the Bradman family and foundation would not respond to "each and every allegation of wrongdoing or unfairness" made in the articles or in the future.However they would act together to protect Bradman's reputation from "unscrupulous abuse or exploitation".Bradman died in February 2000 at his Adelaide home, aged 92. His wife, Jessie Bradman, passed away in 1997.

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