Somerset seamer Jack Brooks apologises to Cheteshwar Pujara over ‘Steve’ nickname | Cricket News

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LONDON: Somerset seamer Jack Brooks on Thursday issued an apology for his function in nicknaming India batter Cheteshwar Pujara as “Steve” throughout his time at Yorkshire.
He additionally issued an apology for utilizing racist language in his tweets which date again to 2012.
“I acknowledge that the language utilized in two tweets I made in 2012 was unacceptable and I deeply remorse utilizing it. I unreservedly apologise for any offence precipitated to anyone who might have seen these tweets,” Brooks mentioned in his assertion, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Earlier within the week, Brooks’ identify had featured in Azeem Rafiq’s testimony in entrance of the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee. Rafiq had mentioned that Brooks had began the observe of referring to Pujara as “Steve”.
“On the subject of my naming in Azeem Rafiq’s assertion to MPs this week, the usage of the identify ‘Steve’ associated to some individuals having troublesome names to pronounce. When this has occurred prior to now in a dressing room surroundings, it has been commonplace to offer nicknames, no matter creed or race. I admit to having used it on this context and now settle for that it was disrespectful and flawed to take action,” mentioned Brooks.
“I’ve reached out and apologised to Cheteshwar for any offence that I’ve precipitated him or his household. On the time I did not recognise this as racist behaviour, however I can now see that it was not acceptable,” he added.
Somerset has additionally launched a press release saying that they’re trying into the problem.
“Late on Sunday night, Somerset County Cricket Club was made conscious of allegations relating to one in every of our gamers, Jack Brooks, which occurred whereas he was employed by Yorkshire CCC. An investigation was instantly launched and is ongoing. It might be inappropriate for the membership to remark additional till this course of has been concluded. An additional assertion shall be made sooner or later,” mentioned the membership.

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