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All those who had called me with that word reach out to me, let’s have a conversation: Darren Sammy speaks up on racism in IPL


Human races and their evolvement is one of the most thrilling topics, but with different races of human, the world witnessed a new demon in Racism. For past few days, the USA has been at the receiving end of this Racism demon as there have been severe protests after the death of an African-American man ‘George Floyd’ in police custody. The protest fire has forced the US government to back down.

Over the same issue, former West Indies captain, Darren Sammy has also put severe allegations by stating that he has been racially abused during his IPL stay with Sunrisers Hyderabad. In a video message on his Instagram handle, Sammy said, “I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all the 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.

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“This does not apply to everybody, 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 in 2013-14, I was being called the exact same word which is degrading to us black people,” added Sammy.

Sammy also feels that he deserves an apology from the all the persons who racially abused him and his teammate Thisara Perera during his IPL playing days. Sammy has also called out all the players, who shared dressing room with him and at the same time abused his racially for the fun, to have a conversation with him.

“I will be messaging those people; you guys know who you are. I must admit at that time when I was being called that, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, and I saw no problems because I was ignorant about what it meant. But every time I and Thisara Perera was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment. And me being a team man, I thought teammates are happy, so it must be something funny,” Darren Sammy added.

“I have had great memories in all the dressing rooms I’ve played in, I have always been one to build a team, not bring it down. So all those who used to call me with that word – you guys know yourself – reach out to me, let’s have a conversation. If it was in a bad way then I would be really disappointed, and I’ll still be angry and deserve an apology from you guys as I saw all of you guys as my brothers. So talk to me, reach out to me and clear the air.”



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