Ishant Sharma's 2014 Instagram post corroborates Darren Sammy's racism allegations in IPL
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Days after former West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy alleged racism during his stint with Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad, netizens have dug up the old Instagram post of Ishant Sharma, where the objectionable word has been used in the caption.
The netizens have dug out Ishant's post from 2014 where he posted a photo along with Darren Sammy, Dale Steyn, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers," said Ishant while sharing the picture.
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This comes just days after Sammy expressed anger upon realising the meaning of the word 'kaalu' which he says was used to refer to him and Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera when the pair played for SRH.
He also shared a video in which he claimed that the players within the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp used to degrade him by using slurs, adding that he didn't know what it meant.
He said, "Whenever me and Thisara Perera were called it, there was always laughter. I thought hey, the team-mates are happy, it's something funny."
He also said that he will be messaging them all to provide clarification and also issue an apology, saying "you guys know who you are."
"Knowledge is power. So recently I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant, I need some answers. So before I start calling out names I need these individuals to reach out and please tell me there's another meaning to that word and when I was being called it, it was all in love," read the post along with the video.
"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," Sammy said in the video.
"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 in 2013-14, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people," he added.
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So recently I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant I need some answers. So before I start calling out names I need these individuals to reach out and please tell me there’s another meaning to that word and when I was being called it,it was all in love. #blackandproud #blackandconfident #clarasboy #saynotoracism #stopracism #cricketer #stlucia
The question about ending racism has never been answered by anyone. The recent death of George Floyd, which was captured on a video, has caused outrage and sparked a wave of protests in cities across the US. George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
An American Activist Reverend Al Sharpton demanded accountability and said on Floyd’s death, "What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services and in every area of American life. It's time for us to stand up in George's name and say: get your knee off our necks."
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma