The England Cricket Board has always been very clear of its stance against any sort of racism and their decision to suspend Ollie Robinson was a clear evidence of that. However, Robinson was not the only English cricketer that came under the scanner. Soon after the Ollie Robinson’s saga, old tweets of England captain Eoin Morgan, where he allegedly mocked the Indians, started circulating on the Internet.
In one such tweet, Morgan tags Buttler saying ‘Sir you’re my favourite batsman’. The use of ‘sir’ was perceived by some as mocking of Indian fans.
Morgan, however, has brushed aside the allegations of mocking the fans and said that the word ‘sir’ was a sign of admiration and respect.
“I don’t really reflect on it a lot,” Morgan was quoted as saying by Mirror.co.uk. “I find it, if I call somebody sir on social media, or anywhere around the world, it’s a sign of admiration and respect.”
Morgan’s tweet meant that IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders was in a delicate position as the fans would not like to see someone who mocked them leading KKR. CEO Venky Mysore had said there would be zero tolerance against any sort of discrimination.
“We don’t know enough about it to comment at this time. Let’s wait for the process to be completed to get all the facts before we jump to any conclusions. Just to reiterate, the Knight Riders organisation has ‘zero tolerance for any sort of discrimination,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore had told Cricbuzz.
Earlier, Ollie Robinson accepted his mistake and said that he was embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets he posted earlier. However, he said he has evolved as a person over the years.
“On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public,” Robinson said in a statement. “I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.
“I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I would like to unreservedly apologise to anyone I have offended, my teammates and the game as a whole in what has been a day of action and awareness in combatting discrimination from our sport.”