England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan dismissed accusations of racism against him by insisting historic tweets ‘taken out of context’, says ‘Sir’ is a sign of admiration. England cricket was shaken earlier this month after pacer Ollie Robinson was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his racist and sexist tweets dating back to 2012-13.
Just after, posts, in which Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler used the word ‘Sir’ to mock the Indians, started doing the rounds on social media. He told reporters ahead of England’s white-ball series against Sri Lanka in Cardiff, “I don’t reflect on it a lot. If I call somebody ‘sir’ on social media, or anywhere around the world, it’s a sign of admiration and respect.”
He further added, “If that’s taken out of context there’s nothing I can control or do about it. So I haven’t looked into it. The ECB had promised, relevant and appropriate action.” Screenshots of a message by Buttler in which he explains, “I always reply sir no-one else like me like you like me” had been shared on Twitter. Eoin includes Buttler in a message which says, “Sir you’re my favourite batsman.” they were pointing to KKR head coach Brendon McCullum in this conversation.