Somerset CCC: Statement November 18

Late on Sunday evening, Somerset County Cricket Club was made aware of allegations in relation to social media posts which had racist connotations made by one of our current players, Jack Brooks, while he was employed by another County in 2012.

Jack was made aware of these allegations and the Club immediately launched an investigation.

Subsequently, in addition to the social media posts, claims that Jack was involved in the adoption of the nickname “Steve” for an overseas player at Yorkshire were also investigated.

No additional information or allegations were uncovered by the Select Committee on Tuesday and Jack has confirmed that he was not invited to participate in the review conducted by Yorkshire CCC.

As a result of our internal investigation, alongside the evidence given to MPs this week and now in the public domain, the Club have spoken with Jack at length about the nature and content of his comments. There is no doubt that these comments are unacceptable.

Somerset CCC condemn the use of language which has any racist connotations. Jack agrees with this sentiment and is embarrassed and devastated that his comments offended people and he has acknowledged that, whilst they were made nearly a decade ago when he was less mature, the content of the posts was wrong and not in accordance with his personal values. Jack has engaged honestly and openly throughout the investigation and unreservedly apologies for his past errors.

Before arriving at conclusions, the Club considered a number of factors including no evidence of repeated documented behaviour of this kind, the contrition shown by Jack throughout the process, feedback received from recipients of the social media posts, and his commitment to his own personal development.

Given these considerations, the Club has decided to reprimand Jack, remind him of his responsibilities and require him to participate in extensive training on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.

There is no place for racism at Somerset Cricket or across the game as a whole. The Club encourages anyone with information on incidents which may have occurred in the past to report them to the Club to ensure that lessons are learned. Any information received will be kept confidential and investigated. We are listening.

The Club is extremely disappointed to hear that Jack and his partner have this week been in receipt of threatening posts on social media. These have been reported to the relevant authorities for further investigation.

Somerset County Cricket Club and Jack Brooks will be making no further comment on this matter.

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