Somerset pacer Jack Brooks has apologized for calling Cheteshwar Pujara ‘Steve’ while representing the Yorkshire county team. England cricket is engulfed in controversy these days by Azim Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism against Yorkshire and his investigation. Brooks joined the Somerset team in 2018. He also apologized for his racist tweet in 2012.
Brooks is accused of using racist words against England pacer Tymal Mills and Stewart Laudat, who played short-term county cricket for Oxfordshire. Somerset is investigating these allegations.
In a statement posted on the Somerset Club’s website, Brooks said: “With reference to my name in Azim Rafiq’s statement to MPs this week, I would like to point out that the use of the name ‘Steve’ relates to certain people whose names are pronounced. I am difficult. It has been a part of the dressing room environment in the past. It has nothing to do with any creed or race. It was common to give such a nickname.
He said, “I admit to using it and now believe that it was insulting and wrong to do so. I have contacted Cheteshwar and apologized for any insult to him or his family. At that time I didn’t take it as racist behavior, but now I can understand that it was not acceptable.
Pujara played county cricket for Yorkshire in 2015 and 2018. Brooks also admitted that the language used in two of his tweets in 2012 was ‘unacceptable’.
“I deeply regret using this,” he said. I apologize unconditionally for any offense caused to anyone who views these tweets. The two players to whom I sent the tweets are my friends and I certainly didn’t mean to humiliate them or anyone reading them.
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