The death of 46 year old Minneapolis citizen George Floyd has sparked a massive outrage all around the World. Protests and parades all over the United States of America against police brutality and in favour of the African American community have been taking place over the last seven days. Celebrities all around the World have raised their voice on social media platforms about the same.
Borussia Dortmund footballers, Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi also showed their solidarity by scoring goals in the Bundesliga against Paderborn and celebrating by revealing an undershirt which read, ‘Justice for George Floyd’. Marcus Thuram, Borussia Monchengladbach took a knee after scoring a goal against Union Berlin. Among female footballers, World Cup winning USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe actively took part in the protests.
Among Cricketers, Chris Gayle, the swashbuckling West Indies opening batsman, said in an Instagram story on Monday that he, too, has been a victim of racism during his Cricketing career.
Gayle, 40, has played in probably every top flight T20 League in the World, for close to 25 teams. Although, he did not elaborate what was said to him or what he was subjected to, but hinted that he was subjected to racism while playing in T20 Leagues across the world. He said that he has faced racist remarks several times in his career because of the colour of his skin, claiming that the gentleman’s game was not free of racism.
Gayle wrote the following in his story on Instagram:
“Black lives matter just like any other life. Black people matter, p***k all racist people, stop taking black people for fools, even our own black people wise the p***k up and stop bringing down your own! I have travelled the globe and experience racial remarks towards me because I am black, believe me, the list goes on. Racism is not only in football, it’s in cricket too. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud!”
Former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy tweeted about the same. Here’s his tweet:
For too long black people have suffered. I’m all the way in St Lucia and I’m frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 2, 2020