At a time when the English all-rounder, Ben Stokes would have loved to spend some quality time with his family away having a hectic summer of international cricket. But, he has left fuming after a privacy attack on his personal life done by an English news outlet. On Monday, The Sun reported that Stokes had a half-brother and sister who were both murdered in New Zealand by his mother’s ex-husband in 1988 – three years before Stokes’ birth.
Tracey, eight, and Andrew, four, were murdered in Christchurch by their father Richard Dunn before committing suicide. The report claimed that Dunn became jealous after Stokes’ mother Deb started a new relationship with Gerard Stokes. The report further quoted a source close to the all-rounder saying his birth gave his mother “something to live for”.
The source of The Sun said, “Ben was born at a time of terrible tragedy. Deb was enduring every parents’ worst possible nightmare and his arrival gave her something to live for. It’s incredible that he’s achieved so much as a cricketer and made her so proud.”
Stokes has come up with a strong reaction to the report and understandably so. The allrounder took to Twitter to post a strongly-worded message as he criticized the level of journalism.
In his message, Stokes wrote: “It is hard to find words that adequately describe sucking low and despicable behavior, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family. Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family’s privacy and right to home life.”
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019
Ben Stokes had a stunning summer where he helped England win the World Cup and draw the Ashes at home. Stokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs from the five Tests at an average of 55.12, including two centuries, and took 8 wickets. The five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw after England won the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Sunday with Australia retaining the Urn as holders.