England’s Ollie Robinson has apologised and insisted he’s ‘not a racist or a sexist’ after offensive tweets from the bowler emerged throughout his Take a look at debut in opposition to New Zealand.
He mentioned in an announcement: ‘On the largest day of my profession to date, I’m embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years in the past, which have in the present day grow to be public. I need to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.
‘I deeply remorse my actions, and I’m ashamed of creating such remarks. I used to be inconsiderate and irresponsible, and no matter my mind-set on the time, my actions have been inexcusable.
‘Since that interval, I’ve matured as an individual and absolutely remorse the tweets. In the present day ought to be about my efforts on the sphere and the satisfaction of creating my Take a look at debut for England, however my inconsiderate behaviour prior to now has tarnished this.
‘Over the previous few years, I’ve labored laborious to show my life round. I’ve significantly matured as an grownup.
‘The work and schooling I’ve gained personally from the PCA, my county Sussex and the England Cricket Workforce have helped me to return to phrases and acquire a deep understanding of being a accountable skilled cricketer.
‘I want to unreservedly apologise to anybody I’ve offended, my teammates and the sport as an entire in what has been a day of motion and consciousness in combatting discrimination from our sport.
‘I don’t need one thing that occurred eight years in the past to decrease the efforts of my teammates and the ECB as they proceed to construct significant motion with their complete initiatives and efforts, which I absolutely endorse and help.
‘I’ll proceed to teach myself, search for recommendation and work with the help community that’s obtainable to me to be taught extra about getting higher on this space. I’m sorry, and I’ve actually discovered my lesson in the present day.’
ECB chief govt officer, Tom Harrison, added: ‘I would not have the phrases to specific how disenchanted I’m that an England Males’s participant has chosen to put in writing tweets of this nature, nonetheless way back which may have been.
‘Any particular person studying these phrases, significantly a lady or particular person of color, would take away a picture of cricket and cricketers that’s fully unacceptable. We’re higher than this.
‘We’ve got a zero-tolerance stance to any type of discrimination and there are guidelines in place that deal with conduct of this nature. We are going to provoke a full investigation as a part of our disciplinary course of.
‘Our England Males’s Workforce, alongside others from the ECB and our companions throughout the sport, labored collectively in the present day to create a second of unity. Utilizing in the present day’s highlight to reaffirm our dedication to driving ahead an anti-discrimination agenda.
‘Our dedication to that effort stays unwavering, and the emergence of those feedback from Ollie’s previous reiterates the necessity for ongoing schooling and engagement on this subject.’
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