Paceman Ollie Robinson is due to skip both Sussex games on Friday and Saturday to spend time with his family “after a tough week,” the county said Thursday.
The 27-year-old has been suspended from playing for England due to historic racist and sexist tweets that surfaced when he made his Test debut last week against New Zealand.
Despite the controversy, he impressed with the ball and the bat in the match, which ended in a draw on Sunday.
He remains suspended from his international duties pending the outcome of an investigation into tweets made in 2012 and 2013.
Sussex, however, offered his full support, saying they would not add to the “significant penalties” he has already suffered.
Instead, the club said it would “turn its attention to supporting Ollie in her commitment to continue to educate in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.”
“Ollie Robinson will not be part of the Sussex Sharks squad for the team’s first two Vitality Blast matches against Gloucestershire and the Hampshire Hawks on Friday and Saturday night,” the Sussex statement read.
“After a tough week, Ollie decided to take a little break from the game to spend some time with his young family.
“The well-being of the players and staff, including mental health and well-being, is a priority for the club and as such Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in his decision. “
Robinson’s suspension has divided opinions, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Council was ‘overblown’.
Sussex said Robinson was a very different person from the young man who made those tweets and had received support from all of his teammates since returning from the England camp.
They said his tweets were unacceptable, but that he will be back when he feels in the right frame of mind to resume his season.
“Ollie is a very different man than who wrote these tweets and clearly learned a lot in the years that followed,” the statement read.
“He has clearly expressed the shame, embarrassment and remorse he feels for the discriminatory comments he made.
“We remain in close contact with Ollie from a wellness perspective and will post further updates on his availability at relevant times. “
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