English stars Jimmy Anderson, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were dragged into the social media storm of English cricket on Tuesday when more unsavory historical tweets went viral.
On an extraordinary day as the ECB was pondering how to deal with the emergence of abusive Twitter posts by an unnamed player when he was only 15, Anderson became England’s 162nd best playtester at Edgbaston on Thursday Will be – was forced to use a homophobic taunt and the world championship leadership duo was exposed by a website in India for making fun of Indian English.
It follows the Governing Body’s suspension of Ollie Robinson pending an investigation into racist and sexist public statements eight and nine years ago that became known on its test debut a week ago today.
An unsavory historical tweet from English almost bowler Jimmy Anderson (above) surfaced on Tuesday, forcing the current cricketer to come out and condemn her
Other posts by the English world champion stars Eoin Morgan (left) and Jos Buttler (right), which have since been deleted, also went viral
Anderson, 38, tweeted about his teammate Stuart Broad in February 2010, writing, “I saw Broady’s new haircut for the first time today. Not sure. Thought he looked like a 15 year old lesbian! ‘
In response, he said, “It’s been 10-11 years for me, I’ve certainly changed as a person. And I think that’s the difficulty, things change, you make mistakes. ‘
When asked if there is now a fear of the squad because things that might have been said online in the past, Anderson said, “Yes, I think. I think it’s something we need to look at.
“If there are any tweets from years ago we need to look at that and learn from it again and get better in the future. Try to make sure we know that it is unacceptable to use those kinds of phrases and language.”
A 2010 Anderson tweet revealed that he described Stuart Broad as a “15 year old lesbian.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but it is not known when and by whom it was removed
Screenshots of Buttler saying “Well done on double 100, good beauty, you are on fire sir” to Alex Hales on August 2017 and messages from Morgan and Brendon McCullum to Buttler the following May, the former comment “Sir, You are mine”. Favorite Clubs’ and McCullum added, ‘Sir, you play opening clubs very well’ also came to light.
These tweets are believed to have been deleted in the past few days, although it is uncertain when Anderson’s was removed.
Two English players in Rory Burns and Dom Bess, who bowled in the nets at Edgbaston on Tuesday after being called up to join the second test team following the removal of Robinson, have gone a step further and closed their accounts.
Apologizing privately to his teammates and publicly, Robinson played a brilliant performance on the field against New Zealand, taking seven wickets and hitting 42 with the bat but will not play for England again until investigation of his offensive words is complete.
The news comes after English player Ollie Robinson (above) was suspended from international cricket after his first test for abusive tweets a decade ago
Robinson’s tweets surfaced last week after the first day of testing against New Zealand
Such restrictions don’t apply to Sussex, however, which means he could appear at the Twenty20 Blast this week.
On Monday night, Wisden.com posted offensive remarks from another unnamed English player – though Sports mail knows the person’s identity but does not disclose it because he was a minor at the time he posted “You are going out with an Asian man,” followed by three hashtags containing racial slurs.
It left it up to the ECB, whose CEO Tom Harrison announced last week a zero-tolerance response to Robinson’s juvenile remarks, to judge how to deal with an even younger offender.
They checked whether they should reveal his identity at a time when the organization was under direct attack.
Robinson (left) apologized privately to his teammates and publicly after the tweets surfaced
Within 48 hours of Robinson undermining its public commitment to combating various forms of discrimination – the English players wore t-shirts with messages of inclusivity and diversity before a ball was thrown at Lord’s in the summer’s first international – the ECB had to deny claims on institutional racism by former referees John Holder and Ismail Dawood.
Robinson has gained sympathy in some circles, particularly in Westminster, but former English batsman Mark Ramprakash yesterday condemned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s support for Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s view that the ECB is “exaggerated” and should “rethink”.
Ramprakash, who won 52 tests for England, told BBC Breakfast: “I think it’s very unwelcome. In this case, he tries to exert improper influence.
Boris Johnson (left) and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (right) criticized the ECB’s decision to suspend Robinson during an investigation into the tweets
“If I were Ollie Robinson, I wouldn’t be sure about getting Boris Johnson involved and trying to support me.”
He added, “I’ve heard people express some kind of sympathy for Ollie Robinson, saying,” Didn’t he show a lot of character? “But I haven’t heard enough about the victims or the people these tweets are targeting at .
‘How do you feel? Where is the sympathy for these people? They are British citizens, many of them. We live in a diverse society and we really don’t want that behavior. ‘
The Professional Cricketers ‘Association said Tuesday that while it monitors its members’ comments on social media in real time, historical review is not a given.
A spokesperson argued that education – all professionals in the UK were asked to take online courses on unconscious bias and discrimination in the preseason – was the main focus.