Stars embroiled in England social media storm

England cricket stars James Anderson, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler have been dragged into the storm over historical social media posts that has already seen one player suspended.

Anderson, who is due to play a record 162nd Test for England this week, joked in a now-deleted tweet from 2010 that Stuart Broad’s haircut made him look “like a 15-year-old lesbian”.

Morgan, who captained England to their World Cup victory in 2019, and Buttler both appear to mock the way subcontinental fans speak English.

Those tweets have apparently been deleted in recent days.

Earlier this week, England fast bowler Ollie Robinson’s Test debut was wrecked by the publication of a string of sexist and racist messages that he posted on Twitter from 2012-14.

He has since been suspended by the ECB pending a disciplinary hearing.

“For me it’s 10-11 years ago, I’ve certainly changed as a person. And I think that’s the difficulty, things do change, you do make mistakes,” Anderson said.

“I think it’s something we need to look at.

“If there are any tweets from years ago we do have to look at that and again learn from this and be better in the future, try and make sure we know it’s unacceptable to use these sorts of phrases and language.”

At least two England players, Dom Bess and Rory Burns, have deleted their Twitter accounts entirely.

Reports out of India showed a tweet from Buttler from 2017 congratulating Alex Hales on a double century with the words, “Much beauty batting you are on fire, sir” while Morgan tweeted a message to Buttler saying, “Sir you’re my favourite batsman.”

The ECB is now investigating.

“There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where required,” it said in a statement.

“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.”

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