England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has recently cleared the air about the allegations of racism against him. He cited that his tweets where he allegedly shared the racist comment on Indians by using the word ‘sir’ weren’t for mocking as he believes it is a sign of admiration and respect as well.
However, this came in the limelight after young England pace bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board for his racist and sexist tweets from the past. And the players like James Anderson, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan have come under the scanner for their previous tweets that went viral on social media too.
Ollie Robinson, however, had issued an apology for his racist comments. “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.”
As far as the tweet is concerned, Eoin Morgan has tagged Buttler saying ‘Sir you’re my favourite batsman’ where the use of ‘sir’ was perceived by some as a racist comment towards Indian fans. And, the England captain has shared his views about this.
“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.”
On the other hand, after the allegations against Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore had said that they have zero tolerance against this. Notably, Eoin Morgan is the captain of the team in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“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.