Its been more than a month since the death of George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matter movement has spread across many countries, as many sportspersons and celebrities have gone vocal on anti-racism and egalitarian sentiments. South African cricketer Lungi Ngidi is the latest name from the sports fraternity to voice his support for the BLM movement, but received criticism from none other than his compatriots, as many former Proteas players took a dig at the young pacer. However, Ngidi has found a support in his stance, as former West Indies star Darren Sammy expresses his solidarity.
Last weekend, Lungi Ngidi spoke up about the history of racial discrimination in his country, and encouraged his teammates to take a stand.
“We have spoken about it and everyone is well aware of what’s going on. It’s a difficult one because we are not together, so it’s hard to discuss. But once we get back to playing that is definitely something we have to address as a team,”
However, Ngidi’s comments were received with criticism from a number of retired SA cricketers, such as Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar who slammed the 24 year old speedster for his support for BLM while not speaking up about the attacks on white farmers of the country.
However, Darren Sammy has in turn reprimanded Symcox and Dippenaar back, emphasising on the necessity of the BLM movement. The 36 year old tweeted on Friday: “The fact that some past players have an issue with @NgidiLungi stance on #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter. Smfh 😡😡😡#standupbrother we here with u ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿”
The fact that some past players have an issue with @NgidiLungi stance on #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter. Smfh 😡😡😡#standupbrother we here with u ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) July 9, 2020
Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement gained pace in the USA and in other parts of the world, Sammy was one of the earliest sportspersons who spoke up about experiencing racism during their careers. The Saint Lucian had stated that he faced racial abuse during his stint with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, which although was later tagged as a ‘misleading’ accusation.