English cricketer Alex Hales is owning up to wearing blackface for a Tupac costume in 2009 … saying it was “incredibly reckless and foolish.”
32-year-old Hales is speaking out after a picture of him donning dark makeup on his face and body was published this week … claiming it was supposed to honor his favorite rapper at a music-themed costume party.
“The theme was musicians and Tupac is, was and always will be my favorite musician, so I went as him,” Hales said in the video.
“Obviously, I realize this is incredibly disrespectful and I want to apologize for the offense this has no doubt caused.”
He continued … “It was incredibly reckless and foolish on my behalf and I apologize for that, and apologize to the club for the embarrassment it would have caused them.”
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“I deplore all forms of racism and discrimination.”
The apology comes amid allegations of widespread racism in the sport … as former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq says his experiences were so bad, he needed medication to deal with the mental health issues.
Rafiq accused Hales of other racism as well … claiming Hales’ dog, “Kevin” was named after a blanket racist term his teammates used to describe black people, which he adamantly denies.
The allegations are under investigation by the England and Wales Cricket Board.