England cricketer Ollie Robinson, 27, faces a hefty fine and possible ban after racist and sexist tweets he posted when he was 18 surface on his Test debut
- Historic racist and sexist tweets from Ollie Robinson’s account emerged
- A read: ‘I’m not going to lie, a lot of girls have to learn the art of class’
- Robinson admitted he is ‘ashamed’ and ‘deeply sorry’ for his comments
- The English bowler will receive a hefty fine and could possibly receive a suspension
Outraged England cricket boss Tom Harrison promised a ‘full investigation’ after historic racist and sexist tweets from debutant fast bowler Ollie Robinson emerged on the opening day of the Test series against New Zealand.
Robinson, who faces a hefty fine and possibly a ban, had to “apologise without reservation” after the nine-year-old tweets were unearthed by another user of the social media platform just hours after he and his teammates lined up for a ” moment of unity’ to tackle all forms of discrimination.
In a statement, chief executive Harrison reiterated the ECB’s “zero-tolerance stance on any form of discrimination”: “I don’t have the words to express how disappointed I am that an English male player has chosen to tweet like this. to write. however long ago that may have been.
Ollie Robinson apologized after a number of racist and sexist tweets were unearthed
England cricket boss Tom Harrison insisted an investigation be launched, while Robinson now faces a hefty fine and possible ban
“Anyone reading those words, especially a woman or person of color, would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable. We are better than this. We will launch a full investigation as part of our disciplinary process.”
An ashen Robinson, who took two wickets as New Zealand closed the first day at Lord’s at 246 for three, said: ‘On the biggest day of my career yet, I am ashamed of the racist and sexist tweets I posted about eight years ago, which have become public today. I want to make it clear that I am neither racist nor sexist.
“I deeply regret my actions and am ashamed to make such comments. I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were unforgivable. Since that time I have matured as a person and I deeply regret the tweets.
“Today should be about my efforts on the pitch and the pride of my testing debut for England, but my thoughtless behavior in the past has tarnished this.”
England wore anti-discrimination T-shirts before the start of Wednesday’s first test match
The English bowler made a successful start to his test career against New Zealand
Sportsmail columnist Nasser Hussain added: “These messages were sent by Robinson as an 18-year-old, but what was said at the time is not acceptable. I’ve always said that when you’re in the spotlight, treat social media like it’s a press conference. Once you say these things, they are online and there forever.
“You can’t wear T-shirts that criticize hate and abuse online and then come out with stuff like that, whether you’re 18 or not.”
But Hussain also called for balance: ‘Without approving it in any way, we are a cruel society if we cannot forgive someone who made a mistake at a difficult time in their life. As Robinson said, he wants to learn from those mistakes, and I hope he does, because they were unacceptable.’
Robinson suggested he wrote the tweets after he was fired from Yorkshire, but the timeline on Twitter suggests he wrote them in 2012, nearly a year before playing his first match for the county. His fate is now in the hands of the ECB.
Robinson took the wicket from Ross Taylor (lbw) to keep up his momentum at Lord’s