Simon Jordan has defended future Derby County owner Chris Kirchner following criticism for historic social media posts, describing the situation as “absurd”.
The American contractor has been confirmed as the preferred bidder for the Rams as the struggling Championship club near the end of an extremely turbulent period.
After entering administration in September, Quantuma granted Kirchner a period of exclusivity as he seeks to gather more information ahead of a potential Rams takeover.
While fans will no doubt be thrilled at the prospect of a deal that could see the club leave administration before long, others have remained concerned following homophobic and sexist tweets.
One from 2013 said: “Men classify women into one of four categories – mothers, virgins, s**** or b******. #factsonly.
Kirchner has since deleted all of his historic tweets, before a Kirchner spokesperson said so. BBC Radio Derby : “The tweets took place almost 10 years ago. He was quoting song lyrics and movie quotes. This is not his personal opinion.
“He recognizes that tweets are not suitable content. That’s why they were removed.
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While some fans are concerned about Kirchner’s fitness to take charge of Derby, Jordan thinks people have no right to be offended given that there is no evidence to suggest the man American businessman personally shares these opinions.
Speaking on White and Jordan, he said: ‘Who is he getting the criticism from? I would be stunned if it were Derby fans as they are desperate to sell their football club and they are going to disappear if they don’t deal with it sooner rather than later.
“A. It depends on what he said. B. It depends on the context in which he said it. C. It was 10 years ago. D. People change their minds and minds and we live in a redeeming society.
“Contextually, he’s talking about quoting lines from a particular song, and maybe he wouldn’t say that now.
“What we are saying is that sightings made 10 years ago should be made known, you no longer share those opinions, but you should be judged by them.
“What a ridiculous, childish, offended love of offense world we live in. No, it should absolutely not be contextual at this time. If he doesn’t hold anything vaguely resembling these views, and apparently he says he doesn’t, you have to take it at face value.
“If each of us looked back to our past, we would all be in a predicament of 10 years ago.”
When asked if he had posted anything homophobic or misogynistic, Jordan replied, “No I don’t think so because I don’t have those particular opinions, I don’t know that particular song. and I don’t know its context.
“We live in a redeeming society. If he’s someone who continues with that mentality, it makes it more difficult, but that’s not the case and he hasn’t.
“It’s not about letting it go, you can’t be held to standards from 10 years ago that aren’t relevant to today. Otherwise why not take it back 20 or 30 years in back ? “
“If we want everyone to meet the standards of thinking from the age of 24 or 14, then we are in trouble as a society, all of us.
“There is no example of people continuing this line of thinking and if the context was an immature mind without the understanding of quoting the lyrics of a song without the understanding of what they really stood for, and by that nature , he could foresee 10 years in the future for how people will judge him by hearing and now.
“What an absurd world we live in. We are offended for offense’s sake.”
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