Alex Hales apologises for ‘extremely disrespectful’ blackface incident


Nottinghamshire broaden investigation after photographs emerge of Hales at fancy costume social gathering in 2009

Alex Hales has apologised and can be topic to an investigation by Nottinghamshire after the publication of photographs of him in blackface.

Hales stated that posing because the rapper Tupac Shakur at a flowery costume social gathering in 2009 was “extremely disrespectful” and one of many “choices I will remorse for the remainder of my life”, after the revelation within the Solar newspaper – the most recent in English cricket’s ongoing reckoning across the topic of race and discrimination.

“The theme was musicians and Tupac is, was and all the time can be my favorite musician, so I went as him,” Hales stated in a press release. “I clearly realise that that is extremely disrespectful and I need to apologise for all of the offence this has little question prompted.

“It was extremely reckless and silly on my behalf, so I need to apologise for that, apologise to the membership for the embarrassment it could have prompted them.

“I assume my twenties was stuffed with errors like that, reckless errors off the sector that value me, let down household, let down team-mates, let down pals, shut relationships I had throughout my twenties.

“A few of these choices I will remorse for the remainder of my life, and the previous couple of years being away from the highlight a little bit bit has given me an opportunity to try to higher myself as a human, hold getting higher at cricket, however getting higher off the sector as nicely. It is one thing I really feel like I’ve carried out, and I am persevering with to attempt to do.”

Hales had earlier within the week denied any racial connotations to the naming of his canine “Kevin”. Azeem Rafiq, the previous Yorkshire allrounder who alleged institutional racism on the membership, stated in testimony earlier than the Division for Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee that the phrase “Kevin” was utilized by Gary Ballance – a former England team-mate of Hales – to explain folks of color.

Rafiq described it as “an open secret within the England dressing room” and alleged that Hales had subsequently named his canine “Kevin” as a result of it was black.

Nottinghamshire, Hales’ county, have now expanded their investigation into his previous behaviour to incorporate the photograph in blackface.

“Alex is at present in Australia forward of the Large Bash League and is because of return to Nottinghamshire within the new yr to arrange for his dedication to the membership within the T20 Blast,” learn a membership assertion. “Alex can be topic to the membership’s established disciplinary course of and has indicated his willingness to take part within the investigation.”

Hales, 32, has not performed for England since 2019, following his suspension within the run-up to the World Cup after a second optimistic medication check for a leisure substance.

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