England pacer Ollie Robinson issued an apology on the day he made his Test debut in the ongoing match against New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
27-year-old, who made his international debut at the Home of Cricket on Wednesday, almost broke social in tears in front of reporters after some tweets he posted 8 years ago resurfaced on social media.
“On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public,” an emotional Robinson read out his statement, firstly to broadcasters and then to the media.
“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. And deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks.
“I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets,” he added.
Robinson said the tweets were sent during a tough period in his life after he’d been fired by English county Yorkshire as a teenager.
He also did not want the posts to “diminish the efforts” of his teammates and the country’s cricket board in efforts to combat racism and sexism.
“I didn’t know they were still there. I just want to apologize to everyone. And regret it hugely. Today should be about my efforts on the field and the pride of making my Test debut for England, but my thoughtless behavior in the past has tarnished this.
“Over the past few years, I have worked hard to turn my life around. I have considerably matured as an adult. And I don’t want something that happened eight years ago to diminish the efforts of my teammates and the ECB as they continue to build meaningful action with their comprehensive initiatives and efforts, which I fully endorse and support.
“I will continue to educate myself, look for advice and work with the support network that is available to me to learn more about getting better in this area. And sorry, and I have certainly learned my lesson today,” Robinson concluded.
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