Do you like boys? Shannon Gabriel had told Joe Root during St Lucia Test

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has issued a public statement to apologise for his words during the third and final Test against England at St Lucia. Gabriel had made an apparent homophobic slur at England captain Joe Root.Stump microphone during the third day of the Test picked Joe Root telling Gabriel there was nothing wrong with gay. While it was not immediately clear what Shannon Gabriel exactly told Root, the International Cricket Council charged Gabriel over his alleged anti-gay remarks.England went on to win the Test by 232 runs while West Indies won the series. On Wednesday, Shannon Gabriel was banned by the ICC for days over his personal abuse of Joe Root.Soon after, Shannon Gabriel expressed his unreserved apology in a public statement.Asked Root to stop smiling at me: Gabriel”I think I owe it to them (friends and well-wishers) and to all supporters of West Indies cricket to provide an accurate record of what happened,” he wrote in the statement.”The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar.”I recognize now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?’Shannon entertains England skipper Joe Root and Ben Stokes after the Final test of the Wisden Trophy #WIvENG #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/GaCCnqd85MadvertisementWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 13, 2019″His response, which was picked up by the microphone, was: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.’ I then responded: ‘I have no issues with that, but you should stop smiling at me.'”The ICC found Gabriel guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match, following an incident with England Captain Joe Root.It was understood Joe Root did not report the incident to match officials. Speaking to the media later, Root had said Gabriel might even regret his comments later.”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.last_img read more