The open secret is no longer secret:

The ‘celebrity’ charged with disorderly behaviour after an incident in central Auckland in December can now be named after name suppression was lifted at a court hearing this morning.

Sports broadcaster Martin Devlin, 46, was arrested on the morning of December 29 after sitting on the bonnet of his and his wife’s car on Quay Street.

He issued a statement:

I have no problem in admitting that I behaved like a right plum that morning on Quay Street. . .

I sought name suppression in an effort to try and protect my children from being identified and embarrassed by my behaviour.

Obviously the only effective way to prevent that was not to do it in the first place.


And had he not sought name suppression the whole thing would have been done and dusted the day it happened.

What he did is between him and his family, the attempt at suppression made it news.

4 Responses to Who?

  1. gravedodger says:

    As stated by many when the suppression was ruled, a very large segment of the population would say Martin who.
    This legend, only in the realm of his own mind, has created a public persona described elsewhere as a ‘jack the lad’ and been exposed to a minority of the viewing public on shows where the sort of behavior he indulged in on Dec 29 is the style (the genre has no substance) and these actions where merely an extension of his tv persona.
    The suspicion is aroused as to whether his suppression gambit was aimed at raising his public profile on the basis of there is no such thing as bad publicity.
    An A class Tosser, certainly but not a celebrity in any way.


  2. Inventory2 says:

    At least he’s had the decency to dismiss the notion that he is a “household name”; a legend in his own long lunchtime would probably be a better description. Still, what else could one expect from a Manchester United supporter?


  3. pdm says:

    I thought the most interesting aspect wast the very high position his wife holds in TVNZ – does anyone else think nepotism may keep him on the payroll?


  4. homepaddock says:

    I have and will continue to criticise TVNZ but I don’t think it’s guilty of nepotism.


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