Racism in sport; a debate that has been never-ending has been kickstarted once again as former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy alleged his former IPL teammates of racism. Earlier, Chris Gayle had also admitted that he had been a victim of racism and racism is something that has been bothering cricket as well.
Gayle came out in support of his former teammate on Twitter, saying “It’s never too late to fight for the right cause or what you’ve experienced over the years! So much more to your story, @darensammy88. Like I said, it’s in the game!!”
On Tuesday, Sammy released a video where he claimed that racial slurs were used against him and Thisara Perera during their stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad back in 2014. He said,
I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all dressing rooms where I have played, so I was listening to Hasan Minhaj as to how some of the people in his culture describe black people.
He further added in the video which he posted in his Instagram account,
This does not apply to all people, so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people.
These revelations have led to some of Sammy’s former teammates into criticism from social media. However, it is yet to be known if the players used those words in a derogatory way or as a friendly banter, as such words are generally used in India as nicknames of friends and family, not in an offensive way though.