Alex Hales apologises for 'reckless and foolish' blackface party photo
- A photo of Alex Hales attending a party blackface surfaced on the internet
- He explained that he was dressed as rapper Tupac Shakur
- "I guess my twenties was full of mistakes," Hales said in his apology
England opener Alex Hales on Friday apologised for attending a 2009 party in blackface. The Nottinghamshire player explained that he had gone to the New Year's eve party as US hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur and 'did not realise the offensive nature' of his actions.
“In 2009, I attended a New Year’s Eve musical tribute fancy dress party. I dressed in tribute to my musical hero, Tupac Shakur, someone who I’ve admired from childhood and, at the time, did not realise the offensive nature of this. I echo my statement from earlier in the week and stress how much I deplore racism and discrimination in all its forms," Hales had told the Sun.
In a social media post, he explained that he dressed up as Shakur as the 'Poetic Justice' artist "is, was, always will be my favourite musician".
"The theme was musicians and Tupac is, was and always will be my favourite musician, so I went as him. I obviously realise that this is incredibly disrespectful and I want to apologise for all the offence this has no doubt caused," he said in an Instagram video.
"It was incredibly reckless and foolish on my behalf, so I want to apologise for that, apologise to the club for the embarrassment it would have caused them. I guess my twenties was full of mistakes like that, reckless mistakes off the field that cost me, let down family, let down team-mates, let down friends, close relationships I had during my twenties."
Hales' apology comes days after he had denied "any racial connotation" in naming his dog ''Kevin''. The 32-year-old had to explain after Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq alleged that the name was used by former team-mate Gary Ballance "to describe people of colour".
Hales, in the apology video, said that he will regret some of his decisions for his life.
"Some of those decisions I''ll regret for the rest of my life, and the last few years being away from the spotlight a little bit has given me a chance to try and better myself as a human, keep getting better at cricket, but getting better off the field as well. It's something I feel like I've done, and I'm continuing to strive to do," he added.
Nottinghamshire, Alex Hales' club, said it had "extended the scope" of its investigation into his behaviour following the publication of the photo.
In a statement, the club said, "Alex will be subject to the club's established disciplinary process and has indicated his willingness to participate in the investigation."