'The witch-hunt has to stop' - Michael Vaughan after Morgan, Buttler, Anderson's old tweets went viral

‘The witch-hunt has to stop’ – Michael Vaughan after Morgan, Buttler, Anderson’s old tweets went viral

England board has received screenshots of the tweets where limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler can be seen mocking Indians.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

The ghost of the forgotten social media tweets continues to haunt the England cricket fraternity. All the fiasco started with the netizens digging up a decade-old racist and sexist tweets made by Ollie Robinson. As the tweets received flak on social media, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to take a tough call to discourage discrimination and prove themselves as a diverse organization. 

ECB suspended the 27-year-old Robinson from all formats of international cricket. The stringent punishment announced by ECB has caused anxiety and distress among other England players as they have no idea regarding what can resurface next and can hamper their cricket career. 

Meanwhile, it is learned that the England board has received screenshots of the tweets where limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler can be seen mocking Indians. In the screenshot, Buttler can be seen saying, “I always reply sir no1 (sic) else like me like you like me.” Morgan separately included Buttler in a message which read, “Sir you’re my favorite batsman.”

While the context of the words used by Buttler and Morgan is unknown, ECB is likely to carry out an investigation on the historical tweets. Meanwhile, another veteran England player who is under the scanner is seamer James Anderson. In a tweet from 2010, Anderson can be seen making use of a homophobic reference during a conversation with Stuart Broad.

“I saw Broady’s new haircut for the first time today. Not sure about it. Thought he looked like a 15 yr old lesbian!” Anderson had written. With much awareness regarding the topic, the historical tweet hasn’t gone down well with many social media users.

Michael Vaughan comes in support of the English players

As the matter aggregated, Anderson found it better to issue a clarification as he asked for an apology while saying that it was 10-12 years ago and he has grown as a person now. Anderson added that he is more mature. 

Meanwhile, this whole episode of ECB conducting an investigation on the old tweets has angered former England skipper Michael Vaughan. Vaughan took to his official Twitter handle to write that it is ridiculous for people to feel offended about the tweets that were made a decade before. 

“No one at the time of Morgan’s, Buttler’s & Anderson’s tweets seemed offended at the time they tweeted but it’s amazing how they now seem offensive a few years later !!!!!! Utterly ridiculous … The witch hunt has started but has to stop … #OnOn,” Vaughan tweeted.