Looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on negatives: Sammy
West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy after pointing that he has been subjected to racial slur in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room has now revealed that he had a conversation with one of them and is looking at ways to educate people against racism.
The all-rounder had expressed anger upon realising the meaning of the word ”kaalu” which he said was used to refer to him and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera when the pair played for SRH. In fact, an Ishant Sharma post from 2014 confirmed the same.
Sammy in a new tweet has now said that he had a conversation with one of the guys and is happy to believe the cricketer and said that he would look forward to educate people against racism.
“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,” he wrote.
Sammy last week released an Instagram video, saying those slurs came from players within the SRH camp and that he will be messaging them all to provide a clarification and also issue an apology.
“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,” 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 exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” he added.
Sammy also said in the video that would be needing an apology from all those people who called him that because he considered them as his brothers and friends.