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Sport 'I'm not a racist': De Kock breaks silence

13:26  28 october  2021
13:26  28 october  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Quinton de Kock pulls out of Proteas team after CSA orders players to take the knee

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South African superstar Quinton de Kock has broken his silence following his refusal to take a knee to promote the Black Lives Matter protest.

De Kock stunned the cricket world earlier this week when he withdrew from South Africa's match against the West Indies at the last minute after the squad was directed to take a knee by the game's governing body.

Cricket South Africa had instructed its players to take a knee during the pre-game.

In a statement issued to fans tonight, the 28-year-old declared he isn't a racist person but said his "rights were taken away" from him due to the way CSA's message was put out to the team.

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  South Africa sink West Indies in De Kock's absence South Africa beat defending champions West Indies in a game overshadowed by Quinton De Kock's withdrawal.Cricket South Africa had issued a directive to the side to carry out the gesture ahead of their remaining World Cup games, saying that it was "imperative for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given South Africa's history.

"I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates, and the fans back home," de Kock wrote.

Quinton de Kock of South Africa © Getty Quinton de Kock of South Africa

"I never ever wanted to make this a Quinton issue. I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example.

"If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so.

"I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies, especially the West Indian team themselves. Maybe some people don't understand that we were just hit with this on Tuesday morning, on the way to a game.

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"I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused.

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"I was quiet on this very important issue until now. But I feel I have to explain myself a little bit.

"For those who don't know, I come from a mixed race family. My half-sisters are Coloured and my step mum is Black. For me, Black lives have mattered since I was born. Not just because there was an international movement.

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"The rights and equality of all people is more important than any individual.

"I was raised to understand that we all have rights, and they are important.

"I felt like my rights were taken away when I was told what we had to do in the way that we were told.

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"Since our chat with the board last night, which was very emotional, I think we all have a better understanding of their intentions as well. I wish this had happened sooner, because what happened on match day could have been avoided.

Real reason de Kock walked out of World Cup

  Real reason de Kock walked out of World Cup Quinton de Kock's call to withdraw from South Africa's T20 World Cup campaign came down to one decision.De Kock withdrew from the South African team after the squad was directed to take a knee by the game's governing body in that country.

"I know I have an example to set. We were previously told we had the choice to do what we felt we wanted to do.

"I chose to keep my thoughts to myself, and thought of the pride of playing for my family and my country.

"I didn't understand why I had to prove it with a gesture, when I live and learn and love people from all walks of life every day. When you are told what to do, with no discussion, I felt like it takes away the meaning. If I was racist, I could easily have taken the knee and lied, which is wrong and doesn't build a better society.

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"Those who have grown up with me and played with me, know what type of person I am.

"I've been called a lot of things as a cricketer. Doff. Stupid. Selfish. Immature. But those didn't hurt. Being called a racist because of a misunderstanding hurts me deeply.

"It hurts my family. It hurts my pregnant wife.

"I am not a racist. In my heart of hearts, I know that. And I think those who know me know that.

"I know I'm not great with words, but I've tried my best to explain how truly sorry I am for making like this is about me. It is not.

Hidden motivation behind de Kock's defiance

  Hidden motivation behind de Kock's defiance The motivation behind Quinton de Kock's refusal to take part in the BLM protest is complicated, according to a report.De Kock withdrew from the South African team after the squad was directed to take a knee by the game's governing body in the country.

"I won't lie, I was shocked that we were told on the way to an important match that there was an instruction that we had to follow, with a perceived "or else." I don't think I was the only one.

"We had camps. We had sessions. We had zoom meetings. We know where we all stand. And that is together.

"I love every one of my teammates, and I love nothing more than playing cricket for South Africa.

"I think it would of been better for everyone concerned if we had sorted this out before the tournament started.

"Then we could have focused on our job, to win cricket matches for our country.

"There always seems to be a drama when we go to World Cups. That isn't fair.

"I just want to thank my teammates for their support, especially my captain, Temba. People might not recognise, but he is a flipping amazing leader.

"If he and the team, and South Africa, will have me, I would love nothing more than to play cricket for my country again."

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David Miller and Kagiso Rabada combined to propel South Africa to a thrilling victory as they edged Sri Lanka by four wickets despite a hat-trick by Wanindu Hasaranga in the T20 World Cup on Saturday. Miller finished with 23 off 13 balls while Rabada made 13 off seven to carry their team home after Hasaranga took the third hat-trick in tournament history. South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma admitted it had been a tough few days after the Quinton de Kock controversy.De Kock was recalled to the team on Saturday after refusing to take the knee in Tuesday's game against West Indies.

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