T20 World Cup-winning captain Daren Sammy said on Thursday that he had conversation with ‘one of the guys’, referring to a former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate after he accused a few of is ex-Indian Premier League (IPL) mates of using a potentially racist jibe.
Daren Sammy came up with an emotional post earlier this month, saying he was subjected to a racial slur during his stint with SRH in the IPL. Sammy said he was called ‘kalu’ by a few of his teammates and that he only came to know about the racist tone attached to the word after watching a television show recently.
Sammy had said he would confront his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates about the jibe and ask them to explain the usage of the world ‘kalu’.
Taking to social media earlier in the day, Sammy said he had an ‘interesting’ conversation with one the players and that he was reassured that the player operated from a ‘place of love’.
Daren Sammy said both of them are now looking to educate about racism rather than focusing on the negatives.
“I’m please to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him (sic),” Daren Sammy said on social media.
I’m please to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him.
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 11, 2020
After Daren Sammy made the allegations, it emerged that India fast bowler Ishant Sharma had used the word ‘kalu’ to describe the West Indies cricketer during their stint at SRH in 2014.
Sammy, who played for SRH in 2013 and 2014, revealed that he and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera were called ‘kalu’ by some of their teammates.
“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are. I must admit at that time when I was being called that, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, and I saw no problems because I was ignorant about what it meant.
“But every time I and Thisara Perera was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment. Me being a team man, I thought teammates are happy, so it must be something funny,” Sammy had said.
So if there can be a racist slur to it I don’t think it should be used. https://t.co/PaaTco0ibs
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 10, 2020
On Wednesday, Sammy responded to an Indian user’s opinion on the usage of the word ‘kalu’ after the latter said it is not always used as a racist slur’.
Notably, Daren Sammy is among the many cricketers who have spoken up against racism in the sport in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, during police custody in the United States.