English cricketer Alex Hales on Friday apologized for appearing at a party in blackface in 2009, declaring his behavior “reckless and foolish”. In a post on Instagram, Hales said he went to a 2009 New Year’s Eve party as American hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur because he “is, was, will always be my favorite musician”. Of the photo, which was published in The Sun, he said: “The theme was musicians and Tupac is, was and will always be my favorite musician, so I went like him. Of course I realize it’s incredibly disrespectful and I wants to apologize for all the insult it undoubtedly caused. ”
“It was incredibly reckless and foolish on my behalf, so I want to apologize for that, the club apologize for the embarrassment it would have caused them. I think my twenties were full of such mistakes, reckless mistakes off the field that cost “I, family failed, teammates failed, friends failed, close relationships I had during my twenties.”
“Some of those decisions I’ll regret for the rest of my life, and the last few years of being a little out of the spotlight have given me a chance to try to improve myself as a human being, to “To keep getting better at cricket, but also to get better off the field. This is something I feel like I did, and I continue to strive for it,” he added.
Hales’ club, Nottinghamshire, said he had “expanded the scope” of his investigation into his behavior following the publication of the photo. It “started with the appropriate internal process” after Rafiq’s testimony about Hales.
In a statement, the club added: “Alex will be subject to the club’s established disciplinary process and has indicated that he is prepared to take part in the investigation.”
This comes after the 32-year-old victim on Wednesday denied “any racial connotation” by calling his dog “Kevin”. Azeem Rafiq in particular claimed that the name was used by former Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance “to describe people of color”.
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