- Insanely historic tweets from three more England stars have surfaced
- Jimmy Anderson, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler’s posts went viral on Tuesday
- Anderson called England star Stuart Broad a ’15-year-old gay’ in 2010
- The pacer says he has ‘changed as a person’ and ‘you make mistakes’
- The news comes after Ollie Robinson was suspended for some derogatory tweets
- This England bowler’s tweets surfaced during the first Test with New Zealand
- PM Boris Johnson said the ECB had over-reacted by suspending Robinson
- Wisden.com was heavily criticized for digging up a tweet written by a player when he was just 15 years old
England stars Jimmy Anderson, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were dragged into English cricket’s social media storm on Tuesday as further historic tweets went viral.
On an extraordinary day when the ECB wondered how to manage the emergence of an offensive Twitter post by an unknown player when he was just 15, Anderson – who will become England’s most capped Test player – will be England’s most capped Test player at Edgbaston on Thursday. He will appear for the 162nd time – a homophobic jibe was forced to address and the World Cup-winning leadership pair was exposed by a website in India for mocking Indian English.
It follows the suspension of Ollie Robinson by the governing body eight and nine years ago pending an investigation into the racist and sexist public statements that surfaced on his Test debut a week ago today.
A ridiculously historic tweet from England pacer Jimmy Anderson (above) surfaced on Tuesday, forcing the current cricketer to come out and condemn him.
Other now-deleted posts of England’s World Cup winning stars Eoin Morgan (left) and Jos Buttler (right) also went viral
Anderson, 38, tweeted about teammate Stuart Broad in February 2010, writing: ‘I saw Brody’s new haircut for the first time today. Not sure about it. Thought he looked like a 15 year old gay!’
Responding to this, he said: ‘It was 10-11 years ago for me, I have definitely changed as a person. And I think that’s the difficulty, things change, you make mistakes.’
Asked if there were concerns over the team now because of what has been said online in the past, Anderson said: ‘Yeah, I think so. I think this is something that we need to look into.
‘If there are any tweets from years ago we have to look at that and learn from it again and be better in the future, try and make sure we know that using such phrases and language is unacceptable. ‘
A 2010 Anderson tweet described him to Stuart Broad as a ’15-year-old gay’.
The tweet has now been deleted but it is not known when and by whom it was removed
Screen grabs of Butler from August 2017 showing Alex Hales saying ‘Double 100 more beauty batting you’re on fire sir’, and messages to Butler from Morgan and Brendon McCullum the following May, with the former commenting ‘Sir you’re my favorite batsman’ and McCullum also came to light adding ‘Sir, you play very good opening batting’.
It is understood that those tweets have been removed in recent days, although it is uncertain when Anderson was removed.
Rory Burns and two England players at Dome Bess, who were bowling in the nets at Edgbaston on Tuesday after being called up as additional members of the second Test squad following Robinson’s removal, have gone a step further and have their own accounts. have been cancelled.
An ECB spokesperson said: ‘Since we were alerted to the offensive tweets last week, several historic social media posts by other individuals have also been publicly questioned.
‘There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where necessary.
‘Given that the concerns raised are now clearly wider than a case, the ECB Board will discuss how we deal with issues of historical social media content in a timely and appropriate manner.
‘Each case will be considered on an individual basis in view of all the facts. We will assess matters with the ECB Board before making any further statements.
Robinson, who apologized privately to his teammates and publicly, played brilliantly on the field against New Zealand, taking seven wickets and scoring 42 runs with the bat, but would not play for England again until after his offensive. The word check is not complete.
The news comes after England player Ollie Robinson (above) was suspended from all international cricket following his Test debut for a derogatory tweet a decade ago.
Robinson’s tweets surfaced after the first day of the first Test against New Zealand last week
However, such restrictions do not apply to the Sussexes, meaning he could be involved in a Twenty20 blast this week.
On Monday evening, the offensive remarks made by another unidentified England player were made public by Wisden.com – although sportsmail Knows the identity of the man but is not disclosing it because he was a minor when he posted ‘Your Going Out with an Asian’ and was followed by three hashtags that included racial slurs.
This left the ECB, whose chief executive Tom Harrison announced a zero-tolerance response last week in response to Robinson’s juvenile statements, to assess how to deal with a petty offender.
They were assessing whether to reveal his identity at a time when the organization was under direct attack.
Robinson (left) apologized privately and publicly to his teammates after the tweet surfaced
England players donned T-shirts with messages of inclusivity and diversity before a ball was thrown at Lord’s in the first international of the summer – within 48 hours after Robinson downplayed his public commitment to tackling various forms of discrimination – The ECB was forced to deny claims of institutional racism by former umpires John Holder and Ismail Dawood.
Robinson has received sympathy in some areas, notably Westminster, but former England batsman Mark Ramprakash yesterday denounced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s support for Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying the ECB ‘went over the top’ and ‘rethinking’ ‘ needed.
Ramprakash, who won 52 Test caps for England, told BBC Breakfast, ‘I think it is very undesirable. He is trying to exert undue influence in this matter.
Boris Johnson (left) and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (right) condemn the ECB’s decision to suspend Robinson amid the investigation of the tweet
‘If I were Ollie Robinson, I can’t believe I would want to include Boris Johnson and try to support me.’
He continued: ‘I hear people sympathize with Ollie Robinson, and say ‘hasn’t he shown too much character?’, but I haven’t heard enough about victims or people that these tweets are targeted. are on.
‘How do they feel? Where is the sympathy for those people? They are UK citizens, there are many of them. We live in a diverse society and we really don’t want that kind of behavior.’
The Professional Cricketers’ Association said on Tuesday that while they monitor their members’ social media comments in real time, there is certainly no historical scrutiny.
A spokesperson argued that education – all professionals in the UK were asked to attend online subliminal bias and discrimination classes in pre-season – was the primary focus.