Trevor Sinclair has returned to Twitter to apologize for comments he made following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96 on Thursday after reigning for 70 years.
In the wake of the Queen’s passing, Sinclair sparked outrage when he tweeted: “Racism was banned in England in the 60s and it has been allowed to thrive so why should black and brown mourn! #queen.”
After a backlash, Sinclair deleted his post. And the 49-year-old offered his apologies on Friday afternoon. “My tweet yesterday was ill-timed at a time when the Royal Family and many around the world are mourning the Queen,” he wrote in a follow-up post. “I apologize for any offense caused by those mourning the Queen.”
Sinclair’s employers talkSPORT were unhappy with his post and released a statement on Thursday to distance themselves from his views. “We have attempted to contact Trevor Sinclair following opinions expressed on his Twitter account,” it read. “talkSPORT does not support these views and is investigating the matter.”
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And on Friday, the radio station confirmed they had suspended the former Premier League player. “Trevor Sinclair will not be on air while we conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet,” a follow-up statement read. “While we respect Trevor Sinclair’s right to express his opinion on his personal Twitter account, talkSPORT does not endorse the tweet.”
Sinclair’s professional career began with Blackpool in 1989, making his debut for the club at the age of 16. And he went on to represent QPR, West Ham and Manchester City before hanging up his boots in 2008 after a brief spell with Cardiff. He also won 12 caps for England and was part of Sven-Göran Eriksson’s 2002 World Cup squad, starting four of his country’s games as they eventually crashed out of the tournament at the hands of Brazil in the quarter-finals.
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Sinclair, who was also called out by his talkSPORT colleague Simon Jordan after his controversial tweet, had previously appeared to be an advocate for the Queen. During the first COVID-19 lockdown two and a half years ago, Sinclair took to Twitter to offer words of encouragement to the monarch.
“Our Queen looked so frail when she addressed the nation earlier but was so genuine with humility – her majesty still inspiring,” he tweeted in April 2020. “#UnitedKingdom.”
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