West Indies player Darren Sammy alleges racism - Chris Gayle comes to his support!
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jun 10, 2020, 10:40 am
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy released a video on his Instagram page alleging racism towards him while he was playing with the SunRisers Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sammy states that he had got to know the meaning of the word "Kalu", which he states was sometimes used to refer him and Sri Lanka player Thisara Perera while playing for SunRisers Hyderabad. Although Sammy hasn't named any person specifically by name, he did inform in his video that he will message all those who had used that word to call him.
Sammy in his video said, "I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all 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,". He added, "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, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,".
The former West Indies skipper also said that he didn't know the meaning at the time and that there would be laughter from his teammates in the SunRisers team on each occasion he was called by that word. Sammy said, "I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,". Watch Sammy speak in the video on his Instagram page below:
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. #blackandproud #blackandconfident #clarasboy #saynotoracism #stopracism #cricketer #stlucia
Meanwhile, fans have being doing some digging of their own and had come across a few old posts on social media among which was one on Instagram where Indian pace bowler Ishant Sharma calls Sammy as "kalu". Ishant had captioned his photo in 2014 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Darren Sammy and Dale Steyn, as "Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers,". A tweet by Sammy also has him wishing former Indian batsman VVS Laxman on his birthday in 2014, where he uses the term to refer to himself. Check out both posts below:
Now, West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has come in support of his teammate and former T20 World-Cup winning captain Darren Sammy on Twitter saying, "It’s never too late to fight for the right cause or what you’ve experienced over the years! So much more to your story, @darensammy88. Like I said, it’s in the game!!". Gayle has in the past also stated that he too had faced racism adding it has been something that has come in between the progress of cricket as well.