As the USA is burning in protests over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer Derek Chauvin, cricket icon Chris Gayle has revealed that he too has been a victim of racial slurs while playing professionally in T20 leagues.
Gayle, however, did not share details of how and where was he subjected to racial slurs.
“Black lives matter just like any other life. Black people matter, p***k all racist people, stop taking black people for fools, even our own black people wise the p***k up and stop bringing down your own!,” Gayle revealed in a statement on his Instagram page.
“I have travelled the globe and experience racial remarks towards me because I am black, believe me, the list goes on.
“Racism is not only in football, it’s in cricket too. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud,” he claimed.
Sports fraternity from across the world is raising concern over racism after Floyd’s tragic death as Minneapolis police officer Chauvin had pressed his knee on the victim’s neck. The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter; he and three other officers were fired from the force after a video of Floyd’s death emerged.
Meanwhile, boxer Floyd Mayweather has reportedly said that he will pay for Floyd’s funeral services.