Ollie Robinson suspended from international cricket for derogatory tweets
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended Ollie Robinson from all international cricket for his ‘racist and sexist’ tweets posted back in 2012 and 2013. The seamer, who made an impressive Test debut at Lord’s against New Zealand, will face a disciplinary inquiry from the board.
The 27-year old took seven wickets in the game and scored 42 at No. 8 to revive England from 140/6 in their first innings. Ollie Robinson’s tweets, posted when he was a teenager, began circulating soon after the start of the Lord’s Test on June 2, leading him to issue an apology after stumps on the same day.
"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 had 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.”
Robinson’s tweets became particularly embarrassing for the England team, who had worn t-shirts at Lord’s denouncing discrimination in a ‘moment of unity’ just before the start of the Test.
Joe Root, the England captain, said that while Robinson’s performance on the field had been ‘excellent’, his tweets were not acceptable.
"He's contributed well with the bat, his performance with the ball was excellent," Root said of the Sussex pacer. "He's showed high levels of skill and he's definitely got the game that can be successful in Test cricket.
"But in regards to the stuff that's happened off the field, it's not acceptable within our game… We can look back about how this could have been handled better, but the fact is it shouldn't have happened. We've got to move forward from this, learn from this and do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen again.”
Robinson will leave the England team bio-bubble and rejoin his county Sussex, and will not be available for the second and final Test against New Zealand starting on June 10 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
What did Ollie Robinson tweet?
In a series of posts, either as a standalone tweet or as replies, it ranged from using the ‘n’ word considered to be offensive to the black community and words used to describe or insult individuals with intellectual disabilities. This is over and above the sexist and racist remarks.
“Real n***** don’t let the microwave hit 0:00”
“My new muslim friend is the bomb”
“I wonder if Asian people put smileys like this ¦) #racist”
“Females who play video games actually tend to have more sex & be happier with their relationhsips, than the girls who don’t”
“Remind me not to watch boxing with a girl again #notaclue #shesboredalready cares about tamara ecclestone eyebrows”
The tweets have since been deleted.
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