WATCH: ABC presenter calls South African cricketer racist for BLM stance
ABC presenter Tony Armstrong is well known for his strong views about racism and he didn’t hold back on ABC breakfast in the wake of South African cricketer Quinton de Kock refusing to take a knee at the Twenty20 World Cup.
The South African cricketer is effectively banned from the team for taking the stance after administrators decided to make it a requirement that all players support the Black Lives Matter initiative before each game of the tournament.
Armstrong said the move by de Kock was baffling given South Africa’s history of segregation.
“How racist do you have to be?” He said.
“You’ve got to be pretty strong in your conviction not to.”
Armstrong also wasn’t convinced that South African captain Temba Bavuma was saying what he really felt in the post-game press conference.
“You know he would have had team management saying ‘don’t blow this up’.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Quinton de Kock has since released a statement. You can read about it here.