After a successful debut, England speed star Ollie Robinson has faced a lifetime ban subject to enquiry. After that incident, previous controversial tweets of cricket players are raising alarms and judged under the Magnifying glass. And the newest edition of this, KKR head coach Brendon Macculam, Skipper Eoin Morgan, RR player Jos Butler & English Speedstar James is going to face punishment due to their old tweets back in 2018.
Controversial tweets of Morgan, Butler and Macculam
As reported by Telegraph (London), in a social media exchange of 2018, Morgan, the captain of England white-ball team, and Jos Buttler, the England wicketkeeper, were engaged in an exchange in which they used the word ‘Sir’ to mock Indian fans & later joined by New Zealand legend Brendon Macculam. As per the screenshots, on 09/08/2017, Buttler wrote on Twitter, replying to @AlexHales1, @TrentBridge and @BrettAH26-
“Well done on double 100 much beauty batting you are on fire sir”
He also said-
I always reply sir no1 else like me like u
On May 13, 2018, Morgan hailed Buttler for scoring 94* off 53 while opening the innings for Rajasthan Royals (RR).:
“Sir you’re my favourite batsman @josbuttler”
McCullum quoted that tweet with a post:
“@josbuttler Sir, you play very good Opening batting.”
These controversial tweets are going viral after Macculam has deleted this tweet. It is quite heartbreaking for them as every one of them is getting huge income from the Cash-rich Indian Premier league. So their tweet on mocking Indians is painful for their Indian fans and it is also harmful for their reputation.
KKR Team management reply to this controversy
Just after the tweet was gone viral, KKR team management has also responded to the tweets and are waiting for the process to be completed. KKR CEO Mr Venky Mysore clarify that KKR has “Zero Tolerance” for discrimination. In a recent interview on Cricbuzz, Venky Mysore said:-
“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 organization has ‘zero tolerance for any sort of discrimination”
After that tweet of the CEO of KKR, it is now clear that the KKR Board management will take action against Brendon Macculam & Eoin Morgan for their course of action.
James Anderson controversial tweet
Even the most experienced bowler for the England cricket team, James Anderson has been alleged with his old tweet which is homophobic in nature. This tweet is about his teammate Stuart Broad back in 2010. He wrote:
“I saw Broady’s new haircut for the first time today. Not sure about it. Thought he looked like a 15 yr old lesbian!”
Anderson can attract punishment from England Cricket Board (ECB) for this old tweet which is clearly indicated as homophonic.
ECB Reaction on these controversial tweets
ECB has taken a strong stand against racism and discrimination and promised to take action appropriately after proper investigation. An ECB official said to cricbuzz-
“Since we were alerted to offensive tweets last week, a number of historical social media posts by other individuals have been questioned publicly as well”
They further added-
“There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where required. Given the concerns which have been raised are clearly now broader than a single case, the ECB will discuss how we deal with issues over historical social media material in a timely and appropriate manner.”
The ECB has promised “relevant and appropriate action”, saying each case will be considered on an individual basis.
Each case will be considered on an individual basis, looking at all the facts. We will assess cases with the ECB before making further statements,
Despite a remarkable debut, Ollie Robinson has been suspended for his 8 years old tweet. He could return after his apology, request of British PM Boris Johnson & Successful completion of his trial. At the time of his tweet, Robinson was only 18 years old.
But if the result of the trial of these players is found guilty, they should get punished properly considering that they are matured and well established during the time of the tweet. Now it’s up to you Cricketians. What is your opinion in this case?
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