The debate regarding racism has kickstarted once again after Darren Sammy released a video on Instagram, alleging racism within the SunRisers Hyderabad camp in the 2014 Indian Premier League. After his revelation, opening batsman Chris Gayle came out to support the former T20 World Cup-winning skipper.
Gayle tweeted, “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”.
Posting a video on his Instagram account, Sammy 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.”
“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,” he added.
“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” Sammy added.
Sammy also came out to strongly protest the death of the African-American man named George Floyd. The former Windies skipper urged the ICC and other cricket boards to support the fight against racism and social injustice.