South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock on 28 October statement released by Cricket South Africa wrote he made himself available for his team’s remaining matches of the T20 World Cup. Saying I am racist fine with taking the knee.
Quinton de Kock pulled out of the South Africa Group 1 Super 12 stage match against West Indies in Dubai. His decision came after Cricket South Africa ordered players to take the knee before every game.
Today a statement released by Cricket South Africa Quinton de Kock said:
“I would like to start by sorry to my teammates, and the fans back home. Standing against racism and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example.”
“If me taking the knee to educate others and makes the lives of others better. More than happy to do so.”
“I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused. 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 came from a mixed-race family. For me, black lives have mattered since I was born. Not just because there was an international movement.”
“Rights and equality of all people more important than any individual” – Quinton de Kock
“The rights and equality of all people are more important than any individual. Was raised to understand that we all have rights, and they are important. Felt like my rights were taken away when I was told what we had to do in the way that.”
“Since our chat with the board last night, which was very emotional. Think we all have a better understanding of their intentions as well. I wish this had happened sooner because what happened on matchday could be avoided.”
“I don’t understand why I had to prove it with gestures 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. Felt like it takes away the meaning. If I was racist could easily have taken the knee and lied. Which is wrong and doesn’t build a better society.”
“I am not racist. In my heart of hearts, I know that and I think those who know me know that. Know I am not great with words but I have tried to explain how truly sorry I am for making it like this is about me. It’s not.”
“Think it would have been better for everyone concerned if we had sorted this out before the tournament was started.”
“There always been drama when we go to World Cups”- de Kock
“There always seems to be 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.”
South Africa will face Sri Lanka on 30 October in Sharjah.