Quinton de Kock: South African cricketer apologizes for refusing to take a knee and insists he is ‘not a racist’ UK News

Quinton de Kock said he was ‘more than happy’ to take a knee and insisted he was ‘not racist’ two days after he missed a T20 World Cup match in Africa from South Africa as he refused to point out Had given.

De Kock’s decision to pull out of the match Cricket South Africa on Tuesday told its players against the West Indies that they had to take a knee before the rest of their T20 World Cup matches after taking different positions before their opener against Australia on Saturday.

CSA said its board of directors on Monday unanimously agreed to “take a united and united stance against racism” after concerns were raised by members of the team supporting the Black Lives Matter initiative. Various positions had created “an unintended perception of inequality or lack of support for the initiative.”

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Quinton de Kock withdrew from South Africa’s game against West Indies on Tuesday. Photo: AP

In a statement released on Thursday, de Kock said: “I would like to begin by apologizing to my teammates and the fans at home. I never wanted to make it a problem for Quinton. “

He said he understood the “importance of fighting racism” and “our responsibility as players to lead by example”.

“If taking a knee helps to educate others and improve the lives of others, then I am very happy to do so,” he said.

“I didn’t want to insult anyone in any way by not playing against the West Indies, especially against the West Indies team itself. Some may not understand that we were touched by it on the way to a game on Tuesday morning.

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“I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger I have caused.”

De Kock explained that race issues were close to his heart because some of his family members are black and mixed race, but he felt that his own “rights” were taken away from him by CSA orders and not taken away from him. Had gone. It was revealed on the morning of the match itself.

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Quinton de Kock said he was “not a racist”. Photo: Graham Hunt / ProSports / Shutterstock

De Kock said: “If I were a racist I could easily lie on my knees, which is wrong and does not build a better society.”

He said that those who have grown up with him and played with him know what kind of person he is.

He said, ‘As a cricketer, I have been called for a lot of things. “Doff. Stupid. Self-centered. Immature. But it didn’t hurt. Being called racist because of a misunderstanding hurts me a lot. It hurts my family. It hurts my pregnant wife.”

“I’m not a racist. Deep down in my heart I know it, and I think those who know me know it.”

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