Own goal ... New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is in more hot water after making controversial comments about "gay" clothing on the same day he reportedly called football superstar David Beckham "thick".
Key reportedly said Beckham was a nice man but also ''as thick as bat s***'' during a talk with a group of high school students in Dunedin on Friday. He has refused to deny making the comment - but said he had been "mis-overheard".
Key flirted with controversy again that day on the Farming Show radio programme when he slagged off host Jamie Mackey for wearing red.
He said the host would not do do well in a charity golf event that afternoon because he was wearing ''that gay red top''.
Beckham, the former England and Manchester United player who now plays for Los Angeles Galaxy, came to New Zealand in December 2008. Key, and his son Max, met him then.
British and Australian media were quick to pick up on reports of the comments.
This morning he said someone thought he called Beckham ''thick'' after overhearing a private conversation.
"That is someone that thinks they've overheard a conversation I've had.
"Somebody has overheard a personal conversation and that's their recollection of it. That's their view.''
He said he would not engage because otherwise he would have to do so every time someone reported his comments.
''The person thought they overheard me saying something,'' he told TVNZ's Breakfast show.