Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has threatened to expose his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates for racism. The two-time T20 World Cup winner started his IPL career in 2013 with Sunrisers Hyderabad and was made the captain of the team in the following year.
In 2015, he was released by Hyderabad, and subsequently signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was then picked up by Kings XI Punjab for the 2017 tournament. His last appearance in the IPL came in 2015. Darren Sammy, nonetheless, recently claimed that he was called Kalu, a racist jibe while he was representing Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He had also said that along with him, Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera was called Kalu too. And he has now asked his former teammates to apologise for the same before he exposes them. Initially, there was some confusion whether the slurs came from the dressing room or the crowd.
But the allrounder cleared the air in a recent video posted on Instagram. He insisted that the slurs came from within the dressing room.
“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,” Darren 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 the exact same word which is degrading to us black people.
“I instantly got very angry about it knowing now what that word meant,” he added.
He once again stated that he was ignorant back then and hoped the concerned players would start a conversation with him to clarify the air.
“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are. I must admit at that time when I was being called that, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, and I saw no problems because I was ignorant about what it meant.
“But every time I and Thisara Perera was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment. Me being a team man, I thought teammates are happy, so it must be something funny,” said Darren Sammy.
“Now, I realise that it wasn’t funny. I realise it was degrading, I will be texting you guys and I will ask you ‘when you repeatedly called me over and over again – I was even saying that’s my name – did you all mean it in any bad way or in a degrading way?
“I have had great memories in all dressing rooms I’ve played in, I have always been one to build a team, not bring it down. So all those who used to call me with that word – you guys know yourself – reach out to me, let’s have a conversation. If it was in a bad way then I would be really disappointed, and I’ll still be angry and deserve an apology from you guys as I saw all of you guys as my brothers. So talk to me, reach out to me and clear the air.
“To all the boards – this is why it’s important to take a stand,” he concluded.
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