Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Jofra Archer talks about recent racist abuse since isolation

Jofra Archer photo courtesy his instagram

Jofra Archer photo courtesy his instagram

Jofra Archer has not escaped racism. 


Archer has a reputation for being quick not only with the ball but with his witty comebacks online. 

However, in a recent interview, the Bajan-born cricketer opened up about how he has received racist abuse on social media during his spell in isolation. 

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Following a biosecurity breach ahead of the second Test against West Indies, Archer was forced to miss the second Test and was handed a fine and written warning. It was disclosed that he broke protocol when driving back to his flat on July 14.

In a column in the Daily Mail on July 21, he talked about the abuse he suffered on social media.

"Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided that enough is enough. Since Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace footballer was abused by a 12-year-old online I drew a line and I will not allow anything to pass, so I have forwarded on my complaints to the ECB and that will go through the correct process," Archer said.

He went on to state that his experience has forced him to reevaluate his social media use as well as the fickle nature of fans. 

"Over the last few days, I have unfollowed and muted a lot of social media profiles to get away from it. I won't be going back on it. I find it unnecessary noise. Take two wickets and everyone is back on the bandwagon again. It's a fickle, fickle world we live in." Jofra Archer said. 


Since the publishing of the Daily Mail article, Archer has still used his Instagram stories but has not posted any new content. His last post was before the series commenced, back on July 4.

Meanwhile, his last official tweet was on July 22 where he was responding to further comments online related to the topic of racism.

Archer made the selection for the final Test which started today, Friday (July 24), but said ahead of the toss he was struggling to bowl in the nets when he was given dispensation to leave his room at the on-site hotel.

The series was tied after the second Test. The West Indies won the first Test before England leveled the score.

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