Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq this week made his own apology after it was revealed how he had sent anti-Semitic messages to a fellow sportsman over a decade ago.
Rafiq has been at the heart of the Yorkshire racism scandal and a praised whistleblower for calling out discrimination in cricket. He this week appeared before a parliamentary committee as he spoke about the hurtful experiences he had suffered during his days playing for Headingley.
The 30-year-old saw the committee turn its attentions to him personally on Thursday when he was made to admit to his own racially-driven shortcomings in the past. This came after a prominent news page unearthed a compromising conversation with Leicestershire player Ateeq Javid.
According to the report, Rafiq had exchanged a message with Javid in which he accused a third player of having been loath to help pay for a team dinner because of his Jewish heritage. He also added that the player in question would likely “go after” his second helping of food because that’s what Jewish people did.
The timing of the revelation could not have been worse for the Asian player, who shortly after he had been made aware of the messages wrote on Twitter how he had been sent a picture of the 2011-exchange, and that he had immediately gone back to delete the message for fear that it would cause further offense.
He added that the messages had indeed been sent by him and that he had no excuse for his actions.
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