Trevor Sinclair suspended by talkSPORT following deleted Queen tweet
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TalkSPORT have confirmed the suspension of Trevor Sinclair after the radio station launched a formal investigation into a now-deleted tweet from the former England international which claimed ‘black and brown’ people should not mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Sinclair faced immediate backlash in the aftermath of his controversial post and has since gone into hiding by deleting his account on the social media platform.
The tweet read: “Racism was outlawed in England in the 60’s & its been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!! #queen.”
His employers did not take long to distance themselves from his views – publicly confessing that they were trying to contact him…
“We have been trying to make contact with Trevor Sinclair following opinions expressed on his Twitter account,” talkSPORT responded.
“talkSPORT does not support those views expressed and is investigating the matter.”
Now the media company, owned by the Wireless Group, have confirmed that Sinclair will no longer be featuring on any of their shows until they get to the bottom of his beliefs.
A statement read: “Trevor Sinclair will not be on air while we carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet.
“While we respect the right of Trevor Sinclair to express his opinion on his personal twitter account, talkSPORT does not endorse the tweet.”
Sinclair was faced with an array of confrontational tweets on Twitter on Thursday night as numerous figures including fellow footballers and celebrities took offence to his comment.
Simon Jordan, who is often engaged in heated debate with his talkSPORT colleague, was among the first to respond to Sinclair’s concerning post.
He replied: “Trev. I’m really not sure that is an appropriate thought, let alone tweet. The country has lost a very significant person and respect and value should be the overriding sentiments not division!”
Since then, Jordan has been on air with Jim White and the pair took the time to address the delicate situation.
Yet rather than throw Sinclair totally under the bus, Jordan partially defended the former West Ham star to an extent – despite distancing himself from his views which he disagrees with “vehemently”.
Jordan said: “I am not the sort of person that feels the need to be unnecessarily patronising towards someone or defending the indefensible.
“My first reaction to Trevor’s tweet was of great disappointment. You have a view, I think it’s a misguided view.
“Because if you’re going to argue that racism was outlawed in the 1960s then you would know that society has treated it with great value.
But to put a tweet out with that content at that time was to my mind, deeply inappropriate.
“People are allowed to have their views and there are people that will hold that view – that they didn’t hold any great attachment to the monarchy.
“I find myself in a very conflicting position because I abhor the view but I know the man, I know Trevor as a person. We’ve had many robust arguments and debates that have always ended with an agreement to disagree.
“I’m not an apologist for Trevor Sinclair, he will have come from a background in his life where he would have been faced with things painted on walls like no blacks, no dogs, no Irish.
“But to put a tweet up like that when a unique moment has happened in the country disappointed me greatly. It’s not where Trevor Sinclair should want to be, he’s a better man than that.
“There will be a cancel culture piling in now. I responded to Trevor with a tweet but I kind of regretted it to some extent because I wish I text him direct. It was a reaction for me to say ‘oh no Trevor, this is not appropriate.'”
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