Sports Direct seems to attract negative publicity in the same way as picnic baskets attract ants in the summer. The latest controversy, reported by the FT, concerns the brother of founder and majority shareholder Mike Ashley. A company owned by John Ashley – Mike’s elder brother – has been paid for a role handling overseas deliveries for the retailer. It is apparently all done on an arm’s length basis and presumably that explains the rationale behind the lack of disclosure. There is a section relating to Barlin Deliveries in the part of Sports Direct’s website covering customer service, but there’s no mention of Ashley senior to be found.