David Klemmer’s father, Helmut, has clarified his son’s move to the Newcastle Knights and discussed their sad family circumstances, in a story written by Danny Weidler in the Sydney Morning Herald.
It comes after the Herald published a story that stated Klemmer was not leaving the Canterbury Bulldogs for financial purposes, but due to personal family reasons.
Helmut Klemmer wrote an email to Weidler in response to the column, defending his family for being painted in a bad light.
“My name is Helmut Klemmer. I have an issue in the article you wrote in The Sun-Herald today about David,” Helmut’s email read.
“You referred to the main reason David was leaving the Bulldogs was not money but some personal problems he has with his family.
‘‘This story and several others like it over past few years have cast a dim light on my family. There are always two sides to a story so before you and your media colleagues make out David has had some sort of unfortunate childhood/family life get your facts right. Most of, if not all, his angst has been brought on by his own actions.
“So to avoid any future problems that may arise regarding defamation, lawsuits please refrain from mentioning my family and problems that David may have with them in your newspaper. I am happy to speak to you and clear up this matter.
“It’s not our fault that David is living the life he is wanting to live and if he wants to leave the Bulldogs it’s not because of us. I want the innuendo to stop. We have not been asking David for money or anything like that.
‘‘The truth is that we have not spoken to him for years. Every time that we try and make peace with him there is a disconnection. We did the right thing by him and were there for him as he was growing up but in recent years he has made a decision not to talk with us and he has his own life with his family and we have been kicked to the kerb.”
It is a sad situation which will hopefully be resolved one day with David Klemmer potentially wanting to escape it by joining Newcastle.
The Herald reached out to Klemmer for comment yesterday, who wanted to contact his manager before making a statement, but did not respond before the deadline.