Daren Sammy to teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad: You called me “kalu”, what did you mean?

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Former Caribbean captain Daren Sammy questioned the possible references to his skin color while in the Sunrisers Hyderabad locker room in IPL 2013 and 2014. He said he was unaware at the time of the racist connotation of the word used. , and asked his former teammates to clean the air.In a video post on Instagram on Monday, Sammy talked about some of his teammates who called him a “degrading” name – in a previous Instagram story on June 7, he said the word was Kalu, a Hindi word with a color connotation. In Monday’s message, Sammy said he originally thought the word meant something “uplifting” or “funny” because it often caused “laughter in the moment.” Now that he knows what it means, Sammy said he wanted his former teammates – whom he didn’t name – to reach out to him and tell him if they meant “somehow ‘a degrading form or form’. and, if applicable, to apologize.

Sammy said the word was used for himself and for Allrounder Sri Lanka Thisara Perera. In her case, Sammy said, her teammates “have called me that word over and over again to the point that I even said” it’s my name “”. He said he thought it meant “strong stallion,” but he learned the real meaning by listening to a performance by American comedian Hasan Minhaj.

“Everyone who called me like that, you know each other … Reach out to me, let’s have a chat. Because, if it was somehow, shaping or shaping what Minhaj said it meant, I am very disappointed. “

“I was listening to Hasan Minhaj talk about how some people in his culture see or describe black people,” said Sammy in his Instagram post. “Now, this doesn’t apply to everyone, but I say it because of something I have experienced. [Previously, on the Instagram Stories post on June 7] I said I was angry after hearing him describe a word they use to describe black people, what he said was not the right way and it was degrading. Instantly, I remembered that when I played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 and 2014, I was called exactly the same word he had described.

“I’m going to send a message to these people – you know who you are.” I have to admit that when I was called like that, I didn’t know what that meant. I thought it meant a strong stallion or whatever, and I didn’t see any problem with it because I was ignorant of what it meant, I thought it meant something else, something stimulating.

“But every time I called her – it was me and Thisara Perera – there was always laughter in the moment. Me being a team man, I thought, hey, the teammates are happy, it must be something funny. You can understand my frustration and my anger when it was pointed out to me that it was not funny at all, it was degrading.

“So I’m going to text you and ask you, when you called me that word over and over and over to the point that I even said it’s my name, did you all want to say it in any way either, form or form as a degrading word to me.

A screenshot of Daren Sammy’s Instagram story from June 7

“I have fond memories in all the locker rooms where I have been, as a T20 player, as a leader in a locker room, as a captain, I have always been one of those who build a relationship or team , not drop it. So everyone who called me like that, you know each other, some of you have my numbers, you have me on Instagram, on Twitter, anywhere. Reach out, have a conversation Because, if that was sort of, shape or shape what Minhaj said it meant, I’m very disappointed, and I’ll always be angry, and I deserve an apology from you, because I saw you all as my brothers.

“So talk to me, reach out to me, please clear the air.” ”

Sammy had played for Sunrisers in both 2013 and 2014, even ordering them in 2014. Perera had played for Sunrisers in 2013.

The Sunrisers franchise was invited to comment. However, ESPNcricinfo understands that the franchise is unlikely to comment because Sammy did not report the problem at the time, nor did he point the finger at the franchise. ESPNcricinfo also asked the BCCI for a comment.

Sammy also denounced racism last week, following the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after the policeman kept him with his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes while he was handcuffed. The incident, captured on video, sparked anger across the world with several cricketers. Sammy was among the very first active cricketers to speak out after the murder of Floyd.

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