Love Island contestant Mike Boateng’s family have released a statement on his behalf to deny allegations about him that are to come to light in the “next few days” in the press.
On the former policeman’s official Instagram account, family members Samuel and Andrew posted a typed statement and captioned it: “As a family, we are proud of Mike and we stand by him. The stories which shall be released in the press against him are completely false.
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“It's a shame this has become such a familiar routine with the British press, and how eager they are to see Black men fail.”
The statement is a denial of stories that will be released “regarding his time at Greater Manchester Police.” It then goes on to describe how these stories “are completely false” and claims that they publications that are set to publish these stories know that they are untrue but are gong to publish them anyway.
The family members also go on to say: “in an attempt to add credibility to these stories they have turned up at our family home and harassed out mother in there early hours of the morning.
“We believe there is a clear attempt to tarnish Mike’s character. Great Manchester Police have unfortunately chosen not to deny any of the false stories, which shall be released over the next few days.”
The post then discusses how the Greater Manchester Police are releasing a statement that does not deny the stories, despite previously agreeing not to comment, and goes on to say: “While working at Greater Manchester Police, Mike was subject to discrimination by officers including an incident that he was called a gorilla during a training session”.
The post then laments the negative portrayal of black men in the British media and assert that: “If any of the stories, which shall be published were true, Mike would have been sacked as a result of them, which he wasn’t.”
Love Island 2020
Although we don’t know yet what the allegations are this is not the first negative press surrounding this series of Love Island. Host Caroline Flack had to be replaced by Laura Whitmore due to being arrested and charged with assault by beating.
Meanwhile contestant Ollie Williams, who left he competition because he missed his ex girlfriend, caused controversy for supposedly being a trophy hunter and there was a petition of more that 35,000 signatures demanding his removal from the show.
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