England pacer Ollie Robinson experienced mixed feelings on his Test debut at Lord’s when, despite performing above expectations, was criticized on social media. The reason was his racist and sexist tweets, which he had posted in 2012, when he was 18. During his debut Test, some Twitter user dug up his old tweets and found some really concerning tweets, which proved Robinson to be a ‘racist’ person.
Soon, after the end of the day’s play, the incident was reported to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the board forced Robinson to issue a public apology for his misdoings. Plus, the reputed cricket board also expressed disappointment towards the tweets of an English cricketer and also initiated an investigation into the matter.
“On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public,” Robinson apologized in a statement following the conclusion of day’s play at Lord’s.
“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I would like to unreservedly apologize to anyone I have offended, my teammates and the game as a whole in what has been a day of action and awareness in combatting discrimination from our sport. I just want to apologize to everyone. I regret it hugely,” he added.
Along with that, ECB CEO Tom Harrison also expressed disappointment, saying he does not have ‘words’ and is feeling ‘ashamed’. In a statement issued by the ECB, Tom Harrison said that he did not have the words to express how disappointed he was that an England Men’s Player has chosen to write tweets of this nature.
“Any person reading those words, particularly a woman or person of colour, would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable. We are better than this,” he added.
Robinson took four wickets in his debut innings and helped the team bundle New Zealand out for 378. The debutant picked up the crucial wickets of opener Tom Latham, star batsman Ross Taylor, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson. Despite that, reports have emerged that Robinson will be dropped from the squad for the second Test in Birmingham and might also miss some matches of the Test series against India later this year, as the ECB wants to set an example for the upcoming generation.
Soon, after this news broke out, the social media went on a frenzy as some users were happy to see Ollie Robinson getting the desired criticism for being ‘racist’, while others expressed rage, stating that this punishment is ‘too much’.
Here are some of the best tweets:
When a teenager posts abusive, sexist, racist tweets, what is the air he is breathing? I believe we need to investigate whether there is/was a climate around the game where it was deemed okay to do so. #OllieRobinson
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 3, 2021
There’s a few things to note about Ollie Robinson’s old tweets:
1) This will almost certainly happen more and more, as players who have been on social media since their teens make their debuts.
2) Anyone can see your public conversations on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/pFbsNiOd1H
— Danny (@dafrankland) June 2, 2021
As an ex teammate of Ollie Robinson’s in the Yorkshire set up, having roomed, shared the field and gone out for dinners and socials with him, I know full well he isn’t a racist.
Yes, the remarks were inexcusable and irresponsible. He’s apologised. We should forgive, and move on.
— Moin Ashraf (@MoinA23) June 2, 2021
Feel for Ollie Robinson. Just made his test debut and some tossers have pulled up 9 year old tweets to make him seem like a prick. People change ffs
— Ben🏴🦁 (@BSinclair1878) June 2, 2021
💬”There is no room for racism, there is no room for online hate; it has ruined his biggest day as a professional cricketer.”💬@NasserCricket reacts to the news of historical, offensive tweets from Ollie Robinson in 2012 that spoilt his England Test debut.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 2, 2021
Yes the tweets Ollie Robinson sent in 2012 are unacceptable and yes their emergence could not have come at a worse time. But we are talking about a teenager long before he had the responsibility an England career brings. A ‘full investigation’ by ECB is over the top IMO.
— Paul Newman 🌈 (@Paul_NewmanDM) June 2, 2021
I really don’t think Ollie Robinson deserves extra praise for bowling well today because of what happened yesterday. This is where the desire for ‘redemption’ narratives gets dangerous imo#ENGvNZ
— Ben Gardner (@Ben_Wisden) June 3, 2021
We’ve all made mistakes.. main thing is accepting them & learning from them..I hope the @ECB_cricket doesn’t give #OllieRobinson a ban based on something he said 8 years ago.. He is remorseful, the bashing he has had today would have harmed him enough.. education is key..
— Dr Samara Afzal (@SamaraAfzal) June 2, 2021
To use that against him now is disgusting. Why can’t we champion people more instead of look for as much bad as possible in them? The lad got four wickets on debut for his country. That should be the headlines, not what he tweeted when he was 18. People are dicks. Simple
— Jonny (@jonnyescott) June 4, 2021
OK, @ECB_cricket, let’s stop with the monstrous hypocrisy. Had Twitter been available when your Board Members were teenagers, they would have tweeted far worse stuff than #OllieRobinson. Not to mention actual deeds.
I know. I went to school with many of them.
— Nick Givanovic (@NickGiva) June 4, 2021
We are informed Ollie Robinson made sexist and racist tweets as a teenager but it is impossible to assess how bad they were as we are given no more information. I think the apology he has made should mean that a fine and rap on the knuckles should be sufficient
— Harry Beaufort (@HarryWorcester) June 4, 2021
Actually @ECB_cricket is the one that is actually at fault here. Not that I support such tweets by #OllieRobinson but seriously the tweets resurfacing on the day of his international debut?
Did he not play any kind of cricket before that? What about checking background? Cont.
— Meha Daga (@daga_meha) June 4, 2021
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