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‘Not on me to force anyone’: Daren Sammy on Swara Bhasker’s call for apology from SRH players

Daren Sammy responded to actress Swara Bhasker after she questioned him for letting Sunrisers Hyderabad players get off the hook easily.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 15, 2020 10:32:46 am
Darren Sammy, Swara Bhaskar, Swara Bhaskar Darren Sammy, Daren Sammy, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Darren Sammy kalu, Darren Sammy racism, racism news, sports news Daren Sammy responded to actress Swara Bhasker’s query on Twitter. (Source: File Photo)

Daren Sammy has created a stir on social media ever since he said that racial comments were directed at him while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sammy had alleged that he was called ‘Kalu’ by some of his teammates in the SRH squad of 2013-14. At that moment he was unaware of what the word meant but when he did come to know, he was disappointed.

Following his allegations, Sammy said that he had a rather ‘interesting conversation’ with one of the players from SRH and he was now looking to focus on the positives that can come out from the episode.

However, after the former West Indies captain’s revelations, actress Swara Bhaskar called for an apology from members of the SRH squad who indulged in racial abuse. Responding to her tweet, Sammy had said that people need to ‘use this opportunity to educate each other’.

The Bollywood actress replied to his tweet saying, “Totally agree Daren! Shows generosity & grace on your part. But it’s important that your teammates own up to their action, even if they didn’t mean it- or didn’t realise- they still played a racist exchange. As you say education- realisation & owning up to one’s actions.

On Saturday, the 36-year-old former West Indies captain asserted that it was not his responsibility to force anyone to apologise to him. “…that’s not on me to force anyone. It must be on one’s own free will,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Sammy had said that he would confront those who allegedly referred to him by the word ‘kalu’. In an Instagram video message on Monday, he called out his one-time teammates to clarify if they were “degrading” him and if so to apologise.

“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment,” he said.

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