Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has been all over the news for his recent claims regarding racism in Indian Premier League (IPL). The fast-bowler allrounder has claimed that his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates used racial slur against him.
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. Darren Sammy claimed that he was called Kalu while he was representing Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He claimed that not only him but Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera was also victim of that racist term while they were playing for the Hyderabad-based outfit. He stated that he did not mind being called Kalu since he did not know the meaning of the word.
Later, the star allrounder also revealed that the slurs came from the dressing room. And on Tuesday, it became clear that Ishant Sharma was one of the players who called him by that name. Ishant referred Darren Sammy as Kalu in one of his Instagram posts from 2014.
But while the old post has made it clear that Darren Sammy was right with his claim, several fans have lashed out at him, saying that the player knew the meaning of the word. The fans dug out an old tweet of Darren Sammy where he called himself ‘Dark Kalu’.
Some fans even questioned him for posting picture with his West Indies teammates with the caption: “Black Bros”.
Here are some of the tweets from the fans:
Sammy calling Himself dark kalu in his tweet. And he say he dont know what Kalu means.?? Sammy got exposed Now.??Publicity stunt ?? pic.twitter.com/5K12VYZxiA
— Anonymous (@Anonymo57088126) June 9, 2020
I do not Support Racism but at the same time I also do not support Hypocrisy , the word. The word "Kalu" means Black and it does associate colour but not hatred of any kind, Daren Sammy writes ? pic.twitter.com/NttjQoYtaQ
— ShuHaad ( Prospective ) (@dungeo29) June 9, 2020
Wrt the Sammy situation, isn't it strange how saying 'black people' in English is totally fine while same words in literally all other languages is racist.
Ofc they themselves decide what to deem as racist & all should respect, but what's this weird Privilege to English language.
— Abijit Ganguly (@AbijitG) June 9, 2020
Le Sammy to Pakistan : pic.twitter.com/S2PxQY9T5R
— Abhishek Mishra MSDIAN (@msdian_abhi) June 9, 2020
Ishant sharma using kalu becomes racist but he calling themselves black is fine?? pic.twitter.com/WPqHiz1K0J
— Orbiting (@sbhojak1) June 9, 2020
Earlier on Tuesday, Darren Sammy posted a video on Instagram in which he threatened to expose the players who used the slur against him. The allrounder asked the players to talk to him in order to clear the air or else he would expose their names.