Former Essex player Maurice Chambers has said he was the victim of racist intimidation for 10 years at the club. This article contains comments that some readers may find offensive.
Last update: 11/15/21 4:48 PM
The England and Wales Cricket Council said it was “appalled” by new allegations of racism made by former Essex player Maurice Chambers and vowed to investigate the case alongside the club’s other allegations.
Chambers described in an interview with The cricketer how he was allegedly the victim of racist intimidation for 10 years at the club, including throwing bananas at him and frequently being the subject of racist jokes.
An ECB spokesperson said: “The ECB is appalled at the behavior that Maurice Chambers has described, which no one should ever have to endure. There is absolutely no room for racism in cricket.
“We are sorry that Maurice was only able to feel comfortable speaking up after his playing career ended and as a game we have to make sure that cannot prevail.
“We will investigate this alongside the other allegations in Essex and applaud Maurice for his bravery in coming forward.”
New development follows allegations by former Essex hitter Zoheb Sharif who said he suffered racist abuse, including being labeled a “bomber” by his teammates after the 9/11 attack .
Jamaica-born Chambers described an alleged incident that took place at a house he temporarily shared with another unnamed player following a team night out.
The rooms said The cricketer: “We had a team night at Chelmsford. The other player was pretty drunk. When I got home he threw a banana down the stairs and said, ‘Come up for that, you fucking monkey. “‘
Chambers said the player in question has been asked to apologize but they continue to live in the same house.
He said: “It was humiliating. It was isolating. I never told anyone about it, but I would come home at the end of the day and cry.”
On another occasion, Chambers recounted how a coach laughed when a senior player offered him a banana. Chambers added: “It was humiliating. It was isolating. I never told anyone about it, but I would come home at the end of the day and cry.”
England bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused as he left the pitch after being sacked in New Zealand in 2019, hopes the racism scandal in Yorkshire can raise awareness and educate people in the future. .
Essex general manager John Stephenson said in a statement on Monday: “I am extremely disappointed to hear further historic racial allegations from a former player about two of his teammates and a former member staff, none of whom are currently involved with the club in any capacity.
“The allegations reported today, involving Essex and another club, make it painful to read. Anything that has been reported will be taken very seriously and will be fully investigated.
“After learning of the allegations last night, I immediately contacted the former player to offer him the club’s full support.
“He showed immense bravery in introducing himself and telling us about the incidents he describes. I understand how difficult it must be for him.
“The club will rigorously investigate all allegations while we have also referred this matter to the ECB.”
Chambers also made an allegation of racism regarding his time in Northamptonshire, claiming that a senior player, whom he describes as a “bully”, would sing songs using the “N” word on the team bus.
Northamptonshire said in a statement: “Racism is the antithesis of what Northamptonshire County Cricket Club stands for.
“The club are proud to have hosted cricketers from many different nations, communities and traditions for many years and will continue to do so.
“The club are disappointed to hear about Mauritius’ experience and it clearly goes against the expectations we have for all Northamptonshire players and staff.
“We welcome the opportunity to speak directly with Maurice and any former player about their time in Northamptonshire and encourage them to reach out.”
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