The decision to suspend England cricketer Ollie Robinson from all forms of international cricket is wrong. Robinson’s offensive tweets were made nearly a decade ago – when he was still a teenager. There is no doubt that what he wrote was racist and apartheid. But it is also very unlikely that many people, including many in positions more important than Robinson, will be judged on the basis of adolescent folly and even partiality. Robinson has apologised. Perhaps the English cricket administration should have allowed him to play after giving him the necessary
In sports, and perhaps in other areas as well, there is a need to be wise about mistakes made in the past. Especially until the mistake is so big that even time cannot wash it away. Robinson’s tweets were highly offensive. But of course they didn’t fall into the category to face harsh and possibly career-ending punishments even a decade later. Cricket and other sports have strict rules to deal with offenses of existing players. Racist remarks on the cricket field should be dealt with strongly, racist remarks made by a teenager who is now a well-known adult, but not.
It is also worth noting here that Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin has sympathized with Robinson. Simultaneously, Robinson pointed out other lessons learned from this episode – the Internet makes everyone feel like they are in the present and nothing ends on it. When the age-old post starts spreading on social media, it seems as if it is the case now. People born in the post-internet era, as Robinsons did, rose to fame in one way or another, and may have realized by now that the things you may have forgotten after you’ve done it can take a toll on your success. can. This is one of the other unpleasant dimensions of the Internet. But it is also very popular. Meanwhile the English team must do the right thing, review their decision and recall Robinson.
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