Somerset seamer Jack Brooks on Thursday issued an official apology for nicknaming India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara during his time at Yorkshire. Brooks nicknamed Pujara as ‘Steve’ for which he apologized to the Indian batter. Brooks also issued an apology for using racist language in his tweets which dated back to 2012.
“I acknowledge that the language used in two tweets I made in 2012 was unacceptable & I deeply regret using it. I unreservedly apologize for any offense caused to anybody who may have seen these tweets”, Brooks said in his statement to media.
Earlier this week Jack Brooks named had been featured in Azeem Rafiq’s testimony which revealed the details of racism present in English county. Rafiq’s testimony was revealed in front of the Department for digital, culture, media, & sport select committee. Rafiq stated in his testimony that Brroks started calling Pujara “steve”.
“With reference to my naming in Azeem Rafiq’s statement to MPs this week, the use of the name ‘Steve’ related to some people having difficult names to pronounce. When this has occurred in the past in a dressing room environment, it has been commonplace to give nicknames, regardless of creed or race. I admit to having used it in this context & now accept that it was disrespectful & wrong to do so”, said Brooks.
“I have reached out & personally apologized to Cheteshwar for any offense that I have caused him or his family. At the time I didn’t recognize this as racist behavior, but I can now see that it was not acceptable”, he added.
Somerset club has also released a statement stating that they were made aware of the tweets on Sunday and they will conduct an investigation into the issue. “Late on Sunday evening, Somerset county cricket club was made aware of allegations regarding one of our players, Jack Brooks which occurred while he was employed with the Yorkshire CCC.
An investigation was immediately launched & is ongoing. It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until this process has been conducted. A further statement will be made in due course”, said the club.
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