ECB investigating 'a number of historical social media posts' of England players
More cricket players are under investigation by the EBC
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reported that it is currently investigating "a number of historical, social media posts by other individuals" after Ollie Robinson's offensive social media posts came to light.
Robison's racist and sexist tweets resulted in his removal from the England camp, where he then returned to Sussex. Robinson has immediately remorseful and was embarrassed by the rhetoric he had pushed in his teenage years. Though he was met with support, most notably from culture secretary Oliver Dowden, he has also been met with fair criticism.
Michael Carberry has since criticised Dowden's tweet, claiming it came from a place of no facts or reason. He had the following to say:
"Marcus Rashford only two or three weeks ago was trying to do some good in the world, using his platforms and various means. He's trying to do some good in the world for kids of all colours, all races, all backgrounds."
"He's trying to do some good, and gets racially abused - I don't hear Oliver Dowden piping up. So as far as I am concerned I have no respect for what his comments are about."
The EBC has since said they are looking into a series of other players and social media posts they made in their past.
"Since we were alerted to offensive tweets last week, a number of historical social media posts by other individuals have been questioned publicly as well."
Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong.
They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.
— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) June 7, 2021
"There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where required."
"Given the concerns which have been raised are clearly now broader than a single case, the ECB Board will discuss how we deal with issues over historical social media material in a timely and appropriate manner."
"Each case will be considered on an individual basis, looking at all the facts. We will assess cases with the ECB Board before making further statements."
The identities of the individuals called into question are yet to be revealed.