West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy has made a sensational claim that he was subjected to racism during his stint with the Indian Premier League outfit SunRisers Hyderabad. He said he was regularly subjected to words, meaning of which he didn’t understand at the time.
Sammy who was unaware of the racist connotation of the term felt the laughter it invoked at the time would help the team build a better bonding between the players. But having recently learned that the term is used to degrade black people, Sammy said he has felt disappointed and angry. He has asked the people who called him by that racist word to come forward and clarify if they had any malice about it. Sammy released a video on Monday on Instagram, in which he elaborated his feelings when got to know the meaning of the word he and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera were called in the SunRisers Hyderabad dressing room in IPL.
Sammy said, “I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all 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. 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, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people. Now, I realise it was degrading, I will be texting you guys and I will ask you as to when you called me with that name, did you all mean it in any bad way or form?.”
Sammy had earlier tweeted that he was called ‘Kalu’ during that time and said Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera too was not spared of that term. Later, Sammy had withdrawn that tweet and even some of his teammates at that time like Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Venugopala Rao said they were not aware of such comments. The former Windies skipper has been a vocal supporter of the protests that are currently going on in the United States over the death of an African-American man named George Floyd. Sammy had also made an appeal to the ICC and other cricket boards to support the fight against social injustice and racism.