Graeme Swann first asks people to pat Ben Stokes on head, then clarifies comment
After Ben Stokes’ pub brawl incident came out in the open, former England cricket Graeme Swann had urged people to ‘pat’ Stokes on the head and concentrate on the upcoming Ashes series.Updated: Sep 29, 2017 14:14 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Former England cricketer-turned-commentator Graeme Swann has clarified his comments on Ben Stokes. In a series of tweets, Swann had urged Stokes to be given a ‘pat on the head’ and urged everyone to move on.
The England vice-captain has been handed an indefinite suspension after he was involved in a late night brawl in a Bristol nightclub last Sunday.
Stokes, despite being selected in England’s squad for the Ashes 2017-18 in Australia, has been suspended along with Alex Hales, who was also out late night drinking.
Swann had taken to Twitter to express that Stokes should get a ‘pat on the head’ and appealed everyone to concentrate on the upcoming Ashes series. However, his tweets, according to The Daily Telegraph, suggested that Swann was appreciative towards what Stokes had done.
In a video that surfaced a few days after the incident, Stokes can be seen raining punches on a man outside the nightclub. The incident is currently under investigation.
That video shows a dickhead trying to bottle @benstokes38 and getting his just desserts in my opinion....— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) September 28, 2017
...if @benstokes38 we're your son you'd pat him on the head after seeing that video. End the nonsense and let's concentrate on the ashes.— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) September 28, 2017
A few hours after these tweets, Swann put out a clarification saying he was not condoning what the England cricketers had done.
For the record I don't condone the England players being out on the gas at 2.30am or any violence. World would be a better place without it— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) September 28, 2017
Stokes was arrested on Sunday night and was released on bail without any charges. However, the Bristol police has recalled Stokes for further questioning.
First Published: Sep 29, 2017 14:14 IST