Ben Stokes hits out at 'The Sun' publication


18 Sep 2019

Ben Stokes hits out at 'The Sun' publication: Here's why

English all-rounder Ben Stokes took to Twitter to hit out at English publication house The Sun for publishing an extremely sensitive story regarding his family.

Stokes highlighted that the story revolved around a family tragedy that occurred 31 years ago, asides terming the story of the publication as "disgusting" and "immoral".

He also said that the story, re-slanted by other publications, contained inaccuracies.

The story

What was the story about?

What was the story about?

The Sun had reported regarding the details of events in New Zealand, when the ex-husband of his mother had killed two of their children, before claiming his own life.

Stokes further said that a reporter had shown up at their New Zealand residence, asking about the incident.

However, the publication had stated that their family and the cricketer himself had declined to comment.

"I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous"

"It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behavior, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family," said Stokes in a statement on Twitter.

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Stokes criticizes the article as 'the lowest form of journalism'

Stokes further went on to criticize the article, asides saying that using his name to invade the privacy of his family, especially his parents, was 'utterly disgusting'.

"This is the lowest form of journalism, focused only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order," noted Stokes.

Stokes disappointed at The Sun invading his family's privacy

ECB condemns

ECB chief executive condemns decision to publish such sensitive story

ECB chief executive condemns decision to publish such sensitive story

Meanwhile, ECB chief executive, Tom Harrison, condemned The Sun's decision to publish such a sensitive story.

He also deemed it unnecessary to intrude someone's private life of such high magnitude to sell copies.

"Ben's exploits this summer have cemented his place in cricket's history. We are sure the whole sport, and the country, stands behind him in support," said Harrison.

The Sun defends publishing the story

"The Sun has huge admiration for Ben Stokes and we were delighted to celebrate his sporting heroics this summer. He was contacted prior to publication and at no stage did he or his representatives ask us not to publish the story," The Sun's spokeswoman quoted.

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Stokes was England's best player in Ashes 2019

Stokes is coming off an eventful campaign in the just-concluded Ashes, where he managed to score a couple of centuries, along with a couple of half-centuries, asides scoring 441 runs and claiming eight wickets.

Notably, it was his match-winning century during the Headingley Test which would be rated as one of his greatest Test innings ever.

In other words, he was England's best performer.

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