Ebony Rainford-Brent applauds the ECB’s position on racist and sexist remarks from the past.
Ebony Rainford-Brent, a former England cricketer, complimented the England and Wales Cricket Board for taking a “firm stand” on Ollie Robinson’s racist and sexist remarks in the past, but cautioned politicians against becoming involved.
Rainford-Brent, 37, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to cricket and charity, spoke out against racism in cricket and society in a Sky Sports film alongside Michael Holding last summer.
Robinson has apologized for posts he wrote in his late teens in 2012 and 2013, which were discovered and released online on the day he made his England debut against New Zealand earlier this month.
The ECB has suspended him from all international cricket until the conclusion of a disciplinary investigation, and he has now decided to take a vacation from all sports.
Despite the “horrific language” he used on social media, Rainford-Brent, the first black woman to play for England, does not want to see the 27-year-old “hung out to dry.”
She stated, “I believe the ECB has done the correct thing.” “It’s been described as harsh by some.
“For them to have a player come up with what I would call some horrible language, regardless of how long ago it was. Considering he was only 18 years old… I still believe that, if you put yourself in the shoes of a female, individuals of Asian descent, using the N-word in that manner is offensive to a large number of people.
“It would have been easy to shrug it off and say, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ That, I believe, would have delivered the message that they aren’t serious about this.
“I don’t think we should hang him out to dry — it happened a long time ago, but what we need to do now is conduct due diligence to determine if he has evolved as a person. If that was him in the past and you did your due research, fine; otherwise, it’s a slap on the wrist and a promise to go forward.
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