A New Zealand based Powerchair Football player has spoken out against Barry De Geest, slamming the Unarm’d Innovations owner for his approach to business and sport.
The player, who asked to be kept nameless, approached The Real Michael Pulman last week in response to an earlier story posted on the website about De Geest.
The player, who purchased De Geest’s purpose built power football wheelchair earlier this year, says that he gave the chair back to Unarm’d Innovations following concerns over the its safety.
The player says he was verbally abused by De Geest after deciding not to use the specialised wheelchair while over in Australia. This decision came after the player was witness to De Geest rolling the wheelchair on its side, and while De Geest himself claims that the incident was due to his own carelessness, others are not convinced.
Problems got worse when the player asked for his money back from De Geest and Unarm’d innovations.
De Geest had originally quoted the wheelchair at a price of $5000, but the next week the price rose to $7000, and the next week $9000, before increasing to between $11,000 and $12,000 when it came time for the final purchase.
“I don’t like the way he does business or the way he talks to people,” the player said.
It wasn’t until the player got his lawyer in involved that De Geest agreed to pay the money back, but even then, the process has been slow.
“At the end of the day I think he is a bit of a p***k really,” the player said.
The player claims that the selection of New Zealand’s Powerchair Football side was rigged and players, including De Geest, weren’t picked on the best skill available among the limited number of players participating in the sport in New Zealand.
“There is a lot of politics involved in the game and I feel quite disappointed in that. I think it was all rigged before we left for Australia,” the player said.
The Real Michael Pulman has approached Unarm’d Innovations for comment.
More to come.