By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
On the day, 2June 2021, that he made his debut for the English cricket team in this year’s First Test Match between England and New Zealand, played at Lord’s, and also actually took two New Zealand wickets, it was revealed that Ollie Robinson had in 2012, when he was 18 years old, posted a number of racist and sexist remarks. He used the “n” word and also allegedly stated that:
“Females who play more video games actually tend to have more sex.”
Robinson, who is now twenty-seven years old, was obliged to issue an apology in which he stated that:
“I want to make it that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.”
“I deeply regret my actions and I am ashamed of making such remarks.”
Such remarks are just not cricket and tend to bring the game into disrepute; and are even more embarrassing after the England players, before the match, wore T-shirts opposing all forms of discrimination, including racism and sexism.
The Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Tom Harrison, stated:
“I do not have the words to express how disappointed I am that an England men’s player has chosen to write tweets of this nature, however long ago that might have been.”
Robinson will face disciplinary proceedings before the ECB, and, in view of the fact, that Harrison has stated that the ECB has a “zero tolerance policy” in relation to such behaviour, he can expect a ban and perhaps also a fine.
It will be interesting to see what happens to him and also to his future career as a professional cricketer!
Footnote: Since writing this Post, it has been announced that the ECB has suspended Ollie Robinson from international cricket pending an investigation into his racist and sexist tweets.