Windies Cricketer Hit With ICC Charge Over Alleged Homophobic Comment

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The International Cricket Council today charged West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel with a breach of its code of conduct over an incident between Gabriel and England captain Joe Root.

Towards the end of play on the third day of the third and final Wisden Test match in St Lucia, Root was picked up by the stump mic saying to Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult … there is nothing wrong with being gay.”

Commenting on the matter after the close of play on Monday, Root stated that he had not made an official complaint and while Gabriel was warned by the on-field umpires for the language he used at the time of the incident he has since been charged under article 2.13, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an international match.

Root has received praise for his part in the incident, with some admirers applauding his leadership in standing up for the gay community however, at least one countryman is in disagreement with the way the England captain handled the situation.

Journalist David Brookes defended Gabriel stating that Root’s decision to bring an on-field incident into the pressroom was him taking advantage of Gabriel’s vulnerability.

“He did not take a standI would speak up for the big man because every country has its own modus operandi of what passes for conversation. I think what goes on on the pitch, stays on the pitch.” Said Brookes.

“This is a matter that has been blown out of proportion. I think the press has decided that they will go after Gabriel. He might not be well versed in political correctness than his teammates. This is not right to drag the big man down in this way. He should be left alone.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. WHO IS WHO?

    The dressing rooms will have a lot of tension from this point. Cricketers socializing at certain times will also be affected.
    This is the beginning of a new era in cricket.

  2. Root was picked up by the stump mic saying to Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult … there is nothing wrong with being gay.”……Where/what in that quote was a defamatory statement by the fast bowler?

  3. All people from England brainwash and sound the same. Root na even gay and ah defend homosexuality. Nothing wrong with it where you come from….

  4. Buggary is a crime in Antigua and many other caribbean countries. That makes sex between two men a crime in that country. Hence, it is wrong. Not to mention it is wrong in many religions. Now to use it as an insult, well most insults are wrong since they are aimed at hurting someones feelings and pull them down. However, Root deliberately made sure the stump mic picked up what he saying, that was underhanded and shady AF. In todays climate, Gabriel wont win that, nobody wants to be the villain. In other news, England got whooped, tek dat!!!

  5. Europe& North America are modern day Sodom and Gomorrah,and they are hoping they can spread their evil to everyone..When you do not accept them,you have all kinda Phobia. Call me whatever Phobic,i will accept,because who isn’t afraid of Lucifer,and they are surely possessed with him..

  6. NOT A DEFENDER OF FAITH

    Mighty Sparrow may have been speaking to ‘…Shannon Gabriel’ when he sings ‘…Half the trouble in the world today, comes from people who don’t know what to say’ [Moppers: You Tube].

    In the spirit of the game and on the field of play, such expression is clearly inexcusable.

    Irrespective of the cricketer’s ‘…orientation or preference,’ there was no doubt that the West Indian cricketer’s expression was ‘…unwittingly callous; …grossly reckless and vexatiously provocative.’

  7. The ICC definitely have an agenda against the West Indies.

    Just look at the low rankings they keep getting in all formats of cricket. In recent years they have won the T20 world twice – including beating higher ranked teams.

    I bet as I speak, that the ICC are trying to find a way of curtailing the fantastic pace bowling that we saw in the first two tests in Barbados and Antigua, like they did when West Indian cricket was such a dominant force … WATCH AND SEE!!!

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