Cricket followers have pointed to a “social media lynch mob” after England star Ollie Robinson was suspended over tweets he made when he was an adolescent, with actor and political activist Laurence Fox calling the transfer a “f*cking joke”.
International newcomer Robinson suffered an ungainly first week as an England participant when a collection of spectacularly ill-judged tweets he made on the age of 18 resurfaced on his first day with the squad, coinciding together with his teammates carrying anti-discrimination t-shirts as a part of an organized “moment of unity”.
Robinson appeared to have posted about Asian folks smiling, joked that his “new Muslim friend” was “the bomb” and referred to “females who play video games” having extra intercourse within the collection of unearthed tweets from 2012 and 2013.
The 27-year-old’s spectacular debut for his nation was virtually completely overshadowed by the scandal, but many cricket followers questioned whether or not the accusatory nature of social media had led to Robinson being unnecessarily banished in a subsequent transfer introduced by bosses on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Statement: Ollie Robinson suspended from all worldwide cricket
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 6, 2021
“What a f*king joke,” Fox instructed his Twitter following of greater than 287,000 in response to the information of the punishment meted out in gentle of posts made a decade in the past. “Don’t apologize to the mob ever. I’m done with sport.
“Please inform me somebody has began a petition about this. If the ECB drop him for errors he made a decade in the past and for which he has apologized unreservedly, whoever is in cost has no equity or forgiveness and must be fired.”
Fast bowler Robinson has returned to his club, Sussex, following his abrupt exile from international duty.
“The hounding of Ollie Robinson is really horrible. The aim of these social-media lynch mobs is not to make society a better place or to challenge racism where it really exists. It’s just about getting a cheap thrill from destroying someone’s life.”Brendan O’Neill on @talkRADIOpic.twitter.com/QnJtPqPW7Z
— spiked (@spikedonline) June 4, 2021
“In the age of social media, disqualifying or sacking somebody for previous tweets needs to be uncommon in excessive circumstances,” said a fan.
“Ollie Robinson’s tweets from his teenage years had been juvenile however being dropped by England… is wholly disproportionate.”
Another wrote: “Ollie Robinson being dropped by the England Cricket hierarchy for tweets he wrote over a decade in the past is a really, actually harmful precedent.
Tom Harrison, ECB CEO concerning Ollie Robinson’s tweets “I don’t have words to express how disappointed I am that an England Men’s player has chosen to write tweets of this nature, however long ago that might have been” #Cricketpic.twitter.com/yt0ZRjX0Ce
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 2, 2021
“Shame on everyone involved in such a pathetic virtue signaling act and destruction of an international career.”
Speaking on a nationwide radio station, an editor stated Robinson had been the sufferer of “hounding”.
“The aim of these social media lynch mobs is not to make society a better place or to challenge racism where it really exists,” he argued.
Disappointing. Michael Vaughan saying about Ollie Robinson’s tweets that the lesson is that tweets come again to hang-out you, so watch out what you tweet. No. The lesson is don’t be racist or sexist. Then you received’t tweet stuff that may come again to hang-out you.
— Debra Allcock Tyler #NeverMoreNeeded (@DebAllcockTyler) June 2, 2021
“It’s just about getting a cheap thrill from destroying someone’s life.”
A listener added: “Spot on, and disgrace on the ECB in the event that they bow to this blatant woke witch hunt.
“The kid made a mistake. He knows he was wrong but an apology isn’t enough, is it?”
Just noticed the tweets that Ollie Robinson despatched, folks rolling out excuses for him that it was 8yrs in the past and he was 18… actually should not wash. They’re completely terrible and at 18 you must know higher.
— James Mair (@jmair84) June 2, 2021
ECB chief government Tom Harrison stated a “zero tolerance” coverage was in place and promised a full investigation.
“I do not have the words to express how disappointed I am that an England men’s player has chosen to write tweets of this nature, however long ago that might have been,” he stated.
“Any person reading those words – particularly a woman or person of color – would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable. We are better than this.”
Yes the tweets Ollie Robinson despatched in 2012 are unacceptable and sure their emergence may not have come at a worse time. But we’re speaking about an adolescent lengthy earlier than he had the duty an England profession brings. A ‘full investigation’ by ECB is excessive IMO.
— Paul Newman 🌈 (@Paul_NewmanDM) June 2, 2021
Robinson appeared to supply a profuse apology for his bygone tweets, saying he had been “embarrassed” on “the biggest day of my career so far”.
“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist,” he insisted. “I deeply regret my actions and I am ashamed of making such remarks.
“I used to be inconsiderate and irresponsible and, no matter my mind-set on the time, my actions had been inexcusable. Since that interval, I’ve matured as an individual and absolutely remorse the tweets.
“Today should be about my efforts on the field and the pride of making my Test debut for England but my thoughtless behaviour in the past has tarnished this.
Spot on & shame on the ECB if they bow to this blatent woke witch hunt.The kid made a mistake..He knows he was wrong but an apology isn’t enough is it?.. .The racial one way street in full effect….destroy Ollie whilst AJ can spout his anti white prejudice with impunity.
— Papa Emiritus II (@papaemiritus2) June 5, 2021
“Over the previous few years, I’ve labored onerous to show my life round. I’ve significantly matured as an grownup.
“I would like to unreservedly apologise to anyone I have offended… I don’t want something that happened eight years ago to diminish the efforts of my team-mates and the ECB as they continue to build meaningful action with their comprehensive initiatives and efforts, which I fully endorse and support.
“I’ll proceed to teach myself, look for recommendation and work with the help community that is obtainable to me to be taught extra about getting higher on this space.”