England bowler Ollie Robinson has apologised for a sequence of historic racist and sexist posts which emerged from his Twitter account throughout his Check debut.
The 27-year-old took 2-50 on the opening day of the primary Check in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s, however his efficiency was marred as offensive messages he posted in 2012 and 2013 got here to gentle.
Robinson mentioned in a press release: “On the largest day of my profession to this point, I’m embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years in the past, which have at present change into public.
“I need to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m 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 had been inexcusable. Since that interval, I’ve matured as an individual and totally remorse the tweets.”
ECB chief govt Tom Harrison has strongly condemned the tweets, a few of which had been posted when Robinson was 19, and promised a full investigation.
Harrison mentioned: “I don’t have the phrases to precise how upset I’m that an England Males’s participant has chosen to jot down tweets of this nature, nevertheless way back which may have been.
“Any particular person studying these phrases, significantly a lady or particular person of color, would take away a picture of cricket and cricketers that’s fully unacceptable. We’re higher than this.
“Now we have 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.”
Not solely did the tweets emerge on the day of Robinson’s Check debut, in addition they got here to gentle on the identical day as England and New Zealand shared a ‘Second of Unity’, designed as a stand in opposition to racism, non secular intolerance, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism and ageism.
Harrison added: “Our England Males’s Workforce, alongside others from the ECB and our companions throughout the sport, labored collectively at present to create a second of unity. Utilizing at present’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 schooling and engagement on this difficulty.”