England legendary batsman and current cricket commentator, Geoffrey Boycott, has apologized on twitter after making racist remarks that he needed to “black up his face” to receive Knighthood. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ তোপের মুখে ক্ষমা চাইলেন বয়কট]
The 76-year old made such crass comments at a Q&A session during a break in play at the day/night Test against West Indies in Edgbaston. Boycott, who is known for making outrages comments, said that knighthood were given to the West Indies players like “confetti”.
Boycott told the host of the show, “Mine’s been turned down twice. I’d better black me face”. This crude remark shocked the VIP guests, who had paid £300 each to attend the event.
Boycott has then apologized for his comments. He claimed that he didn’t mean to offend anyone. He said it as a joke but as soon the words came out of his mouth, he realized that what he said was “unacceptable” and has apologized “unreservedly”.
Boycott gave an apology in a three-part tweet. He said, “Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable. I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly. I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players.”
11 West Indian cricketers have previously been knighted. Legends like Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards are a few of them.
Ashfaq Niloy, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com