Former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy said on Thursday that he had conversation with ‘one of the guys’ after revealing he was subjected to a racial slur during his stint at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Earlier this month, the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain had stated that some of his teammates called him Kalu, a racist term.
Darren Sammy insisted that he did not know the meaning of the word at that time before stating he only came to know about the racist tone attached to the word after watching a television show recently. Just days later, an old Instagram post from Ishant Sharma confirmed that the West Indies legend was called Kalu by his former IPL teammates.
Darren Sammy had said he would confront his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates about the jibe and ask them to explain the usage of the world ‘kalu’. And on Tuesday, he said he had an ‘interesting’ conversation with one the players and that he was reassured that the player operated from a ‘place of love’.
“I’m please to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him (sic),” Daren Sammy wrote on Twitter.
I’m please to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love ? and I believe him. ??????
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 11, 2020
Meanwhile, Darren Sammy is among several cricketers who have spoken up against racism in the sport in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man in the United States. Chris Gayle has also raised his voice against racism. Recently, West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite took part in a protest in London.