Reprinted from several sources on 12 and 13 February 2019
England cricket captain Joe Root showed integrity and leadership in his response to a comment from West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, says former batter Ebony Rainford-Brent.
Sky Sports published a clip of Root, 28, telling Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay."
Gabriel, 30, was warned by the umpire for the language he used, though his original comment was not picked up.
"Well done Root," said Rainford-Brent.
"We don't know exactly what was said but what we can take from it is that whatever Joe thought he heard, his response was one of a leader.
"It's one thing being an England captain, but having that awareness and presence in that moment to be prepared to stand up for something, that's what's interesting."
Gabriel was subsequently charged by the International Cricket Council with breaching its code of conduct.
Root refused to explain exactly what was said after play on day three of the final Test in St Lucia, during which the England captain hit a fine century to put his side in a commanding position.
Read the entire article HERE.
Here is a video about this story, including a clip of Joe Root saying his now-famous words:
Another article states...
We’ve all experienced it. That moment someone cuts you down, in jest or in spite, and it’s only some time afterwards that you consider how better you might have handled your response. From the workplace to the sports field, it’s a challenge in any situation of heightened tension to have the right clarity of thought to respond appropriately.
Joe Root’s actions in St Lucia demonstrated how to affect a brilliant, calm and direct response to Shannon Gabriel after it’s alleged, he used homophobic language to put the England cricket captain off his stride as he built towards his sixteenth Test century.
Root responded to Gabriel, “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
Read the second article HERE.
This story has reached global audiences. HERE is another article from South Africa praising the actions of Joe Root.