It was clear that the context in which Adamson's remarks were made referred to the Mayor's unilateral decision to invest millions of dollars in a new sports park rather than the infrastructure improvements that the council intended Rebuild Indy funds to be used, and that the council intended to ensure that future monies spent from the fund were limited to approved funds for infrastructure improvements only. Mayor Ballard reacted by accusing Adamson of using the words "cricket-proof" to "demean minorities" according to the Star's John Tuohy.
"To say something like that, what do you think if you are Indian in our community?" Ballard told The Indianapolis Star, noting that cricket is the most popular sport in India. "To say something is cricket-proof is demeaning." . . .
"We are a major city, and we are welcoming international sports here," he said. "We want to attract top talent to this city. We are essentially saying, 'You are not welcome here.' It is incredibly demeaning."The only Indians in Indianapolis who would have been offended by Adamson's comments were the Indians who own an engineering firm that has been qualified as a minority-owned business that receives tens of millions of dollars in city contracts in exchange for making tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Ballard's campaign committee. They are responsible for putting the foolish notion of building an international sports park that would serve as host to international cricket matches in Ballard's small mind. Perhaps if you did a little more listening to what the city's residents think instead of your campaign contributors, Greg, you wouldn't make such foolish decisions in spending our public tax dollars. And by the way, Mr. Touhy, you need to recheck the cost of the Ballard's cricket park. The true cost far exceeds the $4.9 million figure referenced in your story.