‘I have spoken to Ishant Sharma’ – Darren Sammy says he holds no grudges against the Indian pacer
For years, we have been racially discriminated based on our colour, feels Sammy.
Updated - Aug 20, 2020 10:29 am
Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy recently broke silence over his allegations on SRH players for racial discrimination. Earlier this year, Sammy alleged that he was being subjected to racial discrimination during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014 and 2015. He was often referred to as ‘Kalu’, a racial slang relating to the skin tone of the person.
Former skipper accepted that he didn’t understand the meaning of that racial slur, but recently when he got to know them, he was quite offended. Firstly, he sought an apology from the team’s side but has preferred a casual conversation later. An old picture posted by Ishant Sharma with Sammy with the racial slur added fuel to the fire, but it seems now 36-year-old has bonded with the Indian pacer. He spoke for teammate Ishant Sharma that he is ‘still a brother’ for him, and he holds ‘no grudges’ against him.
In an interview facilitated by Caribbean Premier League, Sammy said as quoted by Hindustan Times, “I don’t hold grudges. I have spoken to Ishant Sharma. I consider him a brother like I did back in 2014 and ‘15 when playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.” The former Caribbean captain might have cleared things with Sharma, but reiterates the fact that he wouldn’t leave anyone who would use these racial slangs against any of the black people.
“But again if I find out that a possible racial slur is being used to describe me, no matter what time I find out, I will ask questions about it, and that’s what I did.”
We have gone through so much as a race: Darren Sammy
Right after African-American George Floyd was brutally murdered by US police officials, the Black Lives Matter campaign caught fire across the world. People started speaking against the same and demanded justice for their lost brother. Sammy was quite vocal in putting forth his opinions against this injustice.
“For years, we have been racially discriminated based on our colour. We have gone through so much as a race, as people. I think it’s just the way my mom raised me. You must stand up for the things you believe in whether injustice is being done to you or your fellow men. It’s not just a movement because black lives do matter,” concluded Sammy.