London, Nov. 6 (ANI): New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is under fire over insulting remarks he reportedly made about footie ace David Beckham.
The 51-year-old politician appeared on television on Monday, dodging questions over whether he had called Beckham as "thick as batshit," the Telegraph reported
Key reportedly made the remark last week, when telling school pupils about Beckham's visit to New Zealand in 2008 for an exhibition match between the LA Galaxy and the Oceania All-Stars in Auckland.
According to Radio New Zealand, Key described Beckham as handsome and "a really nice guy" but "thick."
He was repeatedly asked on breakfast TV about his alleged comments on the 37-year-old LA Galaxy footballer.
"That is someone that thinks they have overheard a conversation I have had," Key said.
"I am not going to engage in that because otherwise I am engaging in every conversation that someone thinks I have," he said.
The TV presenter responded saying "can I just clarify that you are saying that you didn't call David Beckham thick?"
"No, what I am saying is that somebody has overheard a personal conversation and that's their recollection of it.
"I am just not going to engage in discussions about that. That's their view," Key said.
The presenter asked, "But you may have called him thick in that personal conversation," Key said.
"The person thought they overheard me saying something," he added. (ANI)