Sammy to confront ex-Sunrisers team mates on potentially racist language
JAMAICA: Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has sought clarification from his former Sunrisers Hyderabad workforce mates over probably racist language directed at him when he was a part of the Indian Premier League franchise from 2013-14.
Sammy stated he didn’t know the which means of a Hindi phrase that some unnamed Sunrisers workforce mates would name him and solely turned conscious of its racial connotations after watching a TV present that mentioned the problem.
“I used to be listening to (Indian-American comic) Hasan Minhaj speaking about how among the individuals in his tradition view or describe black individuals,” Sammy stated on Instagram.
“… I used to be offended after listening to him describing a phrase that they use to explain black individuals, which he was saying just isn’t in a great way… and it was degrading.
“Instantly I remembered once I performed for Sunrisers in 2013 and 2014, I used to be being referred to as the very same phrase he described that was degrading to us black individuals.
“I will probably be messaging these individuals… Because if it was in any manner, form or type what Minhaj stated it meant, I’m very disenchanted and I’d nonetheless be offended and deserve an apology from you guys.”
Several elite athletes have spoken out about racism in sport and society after the loss of life of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody in Minneapolis.
Sammy stated the phrase was additionally used to explain Sri Lankan workforce mate Thisara Perera.
“I assumed it meant one thing else that was uplifting. But each time I used to be referred to as it, it was me and Thisara, there was at all times laughter within the second.
“… But you may perceive my frustration and my anger when it was identified to me that it wasn’t humorous in any respect.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad declined to remark when contacted by Reuters.
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