The Solar newspaper revealed the picture on Thursday and stated it was taken at a New Yr’s Eve occasion in 2009.
“In 2009, I attended a New Yr’s Eve musical tribute fancy gown occasion,” Hales, 32, advised The Solar.
“I wearing tribute to my musical hero, Tupac Shakur, somebody who I’ve admired from childhood and, on the time, didn’t realise the offensive nature of this.
“I echo my assertion from earlier within the week and stress how a lot I deplore racism and discrimination in all its kinds.”
The Solar stated the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is investigating the matter.
Reuters was unable to get a right away remark from the ECB.
Earlier this week, ex-Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq, a participant of Pakistani descent, testified earlier than a British parliamentary committee and spoke of the discrimination he confronted whereas at Yorkshire, saying the game in England was riddled with racism.
On Wednesday, Hales denied there was “any racial connotation” within the identify of his canine Kevin after allegations by Rafiq.
Julian Knight MP, chair of the British parliament’s Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), stated the picture is “extremely disturbing and offensive”.
“This image — approaching the again of per week when cricket was shamed like by no means earlier than — is extremely disturbing and offensive,” Knight advised The Solar.
“The very soul of English cricket is now at stake.”