British cricketer Alex Hales denies claims that he named his dog after a racial slur.
AZEEM RAFIQ CLAIMS ‘KEVIN’ IS A TERM USED FOR PEOPLE OF COLOUR
The Pakistan-born ex-cricketer appeared in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee and outlined his racist experiences. Azeem Rafiq made several allegations against high-profile individuals such as Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Matthew Hoggard.
Rafiq said that the term “Kevin” was used as a blanket term for all people of colour. He said it was “an open secret in the England dressing room.” He further claimed that Alex Hales named his dog “Kevin” because he is black.
Hales has since denied the allegations made against him.
ALEX HALES DENIES HE NAMED HIS DOG AFTER RACIAL SLUR
The British cricketer said that there was no racial connotations in the naming of his dog.
“Having heard the allegations made against me — I categorically and absolutely deny there was any racial connotation in the naming of my dog,” said Hales in a statement.
He went on to say that he respects and sympathises with Rafiq.
“I entirely respect and have huge sympathy for both the stance Azeem Rafiq has taken and what he has had to endure. His evidence was harrowing. There is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind in cricket and I will gladly co-operate with any investigation the game’s authorities choose to hold,” he continued.
“Neither I nor my representatives will be making any further comment on the matter,” he added.
Nottinghamshire says they have begun an “internal process” following Rafiq’s allegations.
“Following on from the testimony provided to the DCMS select committee regarding Alex Hales, we have commenced the appropriate internal process and will continue to liaise with Alex and his advisers accordingly,” read a statement by Nottinghamshire.
“We have always tried to create positive and fulfilling cricketing experiences for people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, and we will continue to do so,” the club continued.