Trevor Sinclair has returned to Twitter to apologise for comments he made following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96 on Thursday after reigning for 70 years.
In the aftermath of the Queen’s passing, Sinclair caused outrage as he tweeted: “Racism was outlawed in England in the 60s & it’s been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!! #queen.”
Following 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 were grieving for the Queen,” he penned in a follow-up post. “I apologise for any offence caused to 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 been trying to make contact with Trevor Sinclair following opinions expressed on his Twitter account,” it read. “talkSPORT does not support those views expressed and is investigating the matter.”
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And on Friday, the radio station confirmed that they had suspended the former Premier League player. “Trevor Sinclair will not be on air while we carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet,” read a follow-up statement. “While we respect the right of Trevor Sinclair to express his opinion on his personal Twitter account, talkSPORT does not endorse the tweet.”
Sinclair’s professional career started with Blackpool in 1989 as he made 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 following a brief spell with Cardiff. He also won 12 caps for England and was part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s World Cup squad in 2002, starting four of his country’s matches as they ultimately 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 following his controversial tweet, had previously appeared to be a proponent of the Queen. During the first COVID-19 lockdown two-and-a-half years ago, Sinclair took to Twitter to express words of encouragement to the monarch.
“Our Queen looked so fragile when addressing the nation earlier but was so genuine with humility – her majesty still inspired,” he tweeted in April 2020. “#UnitedKingdom.”
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