Earlier this month, former West Indies captain, Daren Sammy shared an emotional post on social media, saying that his teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad used to call him “Kaalu” which is a Hindi slang used to refer black people and also confessed that he didn’t know it back then. Sammy also further said that he would be texting his Indian teammates seeking an apology from them.
After days of controversy, Sammy put the controversy to the rest as he tweeted that his teammates reassured him that the supposed racist word was used as an operation of love.
On Friday, after having a conversation with one of his IPL teammate, Darren Sammy took to twitter and wrote, “I’m please to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him.”
Soon after, actress Swara Bhaskar took to twitter demanding an apology from his former teammates of Sunrisers Hyderabad. She wrote, “Dear @darensammy88 if someone used the N-word at a black person & said they “operated from a place of love” what would u say? Same with the word ‘Kaalu’ & it’s variations. And team members of @SunRisers. Show some decency & spine #SaySorryToDaren officially! #thatsnotcricket @IPL.”
The cricketer was quick to respond to Swara’s tweet and said he just wants to educate one and all so that racism doesn’t happen again. Sammy wrote, “Don’t get me wrong I’m not condoning what was done/said. I’m saying let’s use this opportunity to educate each other so it doesn’t happen again. One can only apologize if he/she feels wrong about something. I’m confident&proud to be black. That will never change🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾”