Former West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy who demanded an apology from the Sunrisers Hyderabad who called him ‘kalu’ over the course of the 2013 IPL season, has now claimed that a person from that squad has reached out to him to assure that he was only operating from a place of love.
As a result of finally getting some clarity over the situation, the all-rounder is no longer demanding an apology and is prepared to drop the saga but wishes to educate to avoid such a situation again. While he did not reveal the name of the player with whom he had the discussion with, Sammy added that he spoke to the head coach Tom Moody as well to discuss the situation.
One of the guys (a 2013-14 Sunrisers teammate) has reached out to me and we are having a conversation about it. It’s someone I could bet still has a big poster of me and him hung up in his dressing room where I signed it and I said: “Brothers for life.” And I still mean that, Sammy said
The fans were turning their back on Darren Sammy as they believed that he knew the meaning of the word and was just stirring up a conversation for attention. Sammy, however, clarified his stance on that by explaining the entire tweet which he had put for VVS Laxman’s birthday which included the word ‘Kalu’.
To conclude, Sammy stated to ESPN Cricinfo that he only wishes to educate and not criticize and felt that it was not right of him to demand an apology. He said:
“In hindsight, asking for apology I shouldn’t have even done that. If me and my team-mates have done something not intentionally, but now I realise that could be deemed or termed as something that could be hurtful to a team-mate of mine,
So whether I get an apology or not, it doesn’t change the mentality of how proud I am to be a black person, to be a black man. It doesn’t change.