Chris Gayle comes out in support of Darren Sammy against racial injustice

ST Staff
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Gayle had previously disclosed that he himself had been a victim of racism and added that racism also hampered cricket.

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle came out in support of Darren Sammy after fans dug up some old post from Ishant Sharma's Instagram where he calls Sammy' Kaalu'.

"It is never too late to fight for the right cause," Gayle said.

The debate on racism in sport began once again following the allegation of racism by Darren Sammy. The two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper, on Monday, revealed that he was called Kaalu by some of the team members during his SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.

Gayle tweeted, taking note of the revelation from Sammy: "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."

Gayle had previously disclosed that he himself had been a victim of racism and added that racism also hampered cricket.

Sammy published a video on Tuesday alleging that racial slurs were used in the SRH camp against him.

Sammy said in the video he posted on his Instagram account, "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."

He added, "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."

Sammy said that when his teammates called him out with this word, he didn't know the meaning and they used to laugh at him after calling him by that name. 

"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.

Gayle also made a strong comment on Sammy's video on Instagram. He wrote, "I'm now seeing this video clip! Make sure you get down to the bottom of this, @darensammy88 we been treated differently in this world! They smile with you but yet they are against you/our race!! It's never too late to stand up for what is right! Asian, where's your support In racism?? Y'all get our support all the time!! List goes on..."

The former skipper from West Indies has been a vocal supporter of the demonstrations in the United States over the death of an Afro-American man named George Floyd, who was killed by a policeman.

Sammy also called on the ICC and other cricket boards to promote the combating of social injustice and racism.

Protests across the US have been raging ever since Floyd died.

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