Former England captain and BBC cricket commentator Geoffrey Boycott has apologised for making an allegedly racist comment while discussing knighthoods handed out to West Indies cricketers.
British newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that the 76-year-old Boycott said he would need to “black my face” to get a knighthood after seeing the honor handed out like “confetti” to West Indies greats such as Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers and Curtly Ambrose.
Boycott responded to the newspaper article by tweeting that what he said was “unacceptable,” adding: “I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.”
He said he has “utmost respect” for West Indian cricket.
Boycott, an outspoken pundit, is reported to have made the remarks at a question-and-answer session during a break in play of England’s day-night Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston last week.
“I was completely disgusted. I don’t think anyone saw it as a light-hearted joke. I was absolutely gobsmacked,” audience member Waheed Saleem told the BBC.
A BBC spokesperson said: “He has rightly apologised unreservedly for these clearly unacceptable comments.
“We use a number of different contributors in our cricket coverage. He remains part of our team.”