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Ollie Robinson ’embarrassed’ by racist, sexist tweets he sent in 2012 as he makes his England Test debut
June 2, 2021
Ollie Robinson has apologised “unreservedly” for plenty of racist and sexist messages he posted on Twitter in 2012, including that he was “embarrassed” by the social media posts that resurfaced on the day he made his England Check debut.
After taking 2-50 from his 16 overs on day one of many first Check in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s, Robinson made the next assertion when talking to Sky Sports activities publish play:
“On the most important day of my profession up to now, I’m embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years in the past, which have at the moment change into public,” Robinson mentioned. “I wish to make it clear that I am not racist and I am 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 way of thinking on the time, my actions have been inexcusable. Since that interval, I’ve matured as an individual and totally remorse the tweets.
“As we speak needs to be about my efforts on the sphere and the pleasure of creating my Check debut for England, however my inconsiderate behaviour prior to now has tarnished this.
“Over the previous few years, I’ve labored onerous to show my life round. I’ve significantly matured as an grownup. The work and training I’ve gained personally from the PCA, my county Sussex and the England Cricket Group have helped me to come back to phrases and acquire a deep understanding of being a accountable skilled cricketer.
“I wish 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 do not 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 totally endorse and help.
“I’ll proceed to coach myself, search for recommendation and work with the help community that’s out there to me to be taught extra about getting higher on this space. I’m sorry, and I’ve definitely discovered my lesson at the moment.”
Robinson’s offending tweets have been despatched when the seam bowler was 18 years outdated, however they got here to gentle whereas he was making his England Check debut – on a day during which England and New Zealand gamers took half in a ‘Second of Unity’ earlier than the beginning of play to point out their collective dedication to combat any type of discrimination in cricket.
The gamers and match officers stood in silence on the outfield, going through the pavilion, with the England facet in T-shirts that integrated anti-discrimination messages on their back and front.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Govt Officer, additionally launched a press release on the matter, saying: “I wouldn’t have the phrases to precise how dissatisfied I’m that an England Males’s participant has chosen to put in writing tweets of this nature, nevertheless way back that may have been.
“Any particular person studying these phrases, notably a girl or particular person of color, would take away a picture of cricket and cricketers that’s utterly 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’ll provoke a full investigation as a part of our disciplinary course of.
“Our England Males’s Group, alongside others from the ECB and our companions throughout the sport, labored collectively at the moment to create a second of unity.
“Utilizing at the moment’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 training and engagement on this concern.”
HUSSAIN: ROBINSON HAS LEARNT A BIG LESSON
Sky Sports activities Cricket pundit Nasser Hussain, who was lately a part of a joint marketing campaign between Sky Sports activities and BBC Sport referred to as ‘Hate Will not Win’, mentioned he hoped Robinson’s errors would function a stark warning to others.
“It is only a lesson actually, that if you’re in and across the staff to start with deal with something you do on social media as if you’re doing a press convention.
“If you’re going to put on T-shirts about on-line hate and on-line abuse and sexism and racism, which you could’t be doing this; it is simply not ok, it is simply not on.
“However I additionally suppose we’re in all probability a little bit of a merciless society if we do not realise that an 18-year-old does make errors and he has made errors and he is made it horribly fallacious and he is fronted up.
“It doesn’t make it proper in any method; I’ve learn the tweets, I’ve seen the tweets, they’re horrible, they don’t seem to be proper and you must by no means say these issues whether or not you’re 18 or 28.
“It is a good lesson for anybody on the market with social media; if you do that kind of stuff and you place it out whether or not it is after a number of beers at 4am or each time, it’s on the market for good. So to start with do not put it on the market.
“There isn’t a room for racism, there isn’t any room for on-line hate, there isn’t any room for being a keyboard warrior. It’s not acceptable however he was an 18-year-old who has made errors and we have all made errors; it has ruined his largest day as knowledgeable cricketer.”
Requested why he thought the tweets had not come to gentle earlier than, Hussain mentioned: “The underside line is that they need to not have been mentioned and put on the market.
“You may blame the ECB however Ollie has fronted up and brought full duty; it isn’t ok simply to delete tweets as a result of it has nonetheless been on the market and you’ve got nonetheless mentioned it and as soon as you’ve got mentioned it, there isn’t any dragging it again in.
“So if something good can come out of this, it’s that some boy or woman who’s that considering ‘on-line hate and abuse will not be ok or acceptable’.
“He has discovered the harshest and the most important lesson; I’ll all the time bear in mind my debut fondly – I’ll all the time keep in mind that first day however he’ll all the time bear in mind this present day for one thing he in all probability did in a drunken haze as an 18-year-old and that’s very unhappy.”