Indian Cricketer, Hardik Pandya, who recently faced backlash on social media, following his alleged “sexist” comments, has issued an apology.
The Baroda all-rounder and his teammate KL Rahul appeared on a chat show hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, during which he made a few remarks that landed him in trouble.
On 9 January, the cricketer took to Twitter to apologise for his statements.
“After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect,” he wrote.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019
Reportedly, both Pandya and Rahul were on Wednesday issued a show cause notice by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and were given 24 hours to reply.
The 25-year-old cricketer was seen boasting about hooking up with multiple women, how he was open with his parents about his sex life. He even went on to narrate an incident where he pointed out the women with whom he has slept with in front of his family.
Pandya revealed that he doesn’t ask women their name since he is fascinated by the “black culture” he likes to watch them move.
“I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” he said on the show.
After the show was aired, the right-handed batsman was slammed by the social media users for objectifying women.
Here is how the netizens reacted:
Just watched #KoffeeWithKaran just to check the reality of this pic & I’m shocked to see that it’s a real one! #HardikPandya actually said this 🙈 😷 🤕 🤐 #KoffeeWithCricketers #KoffeeWithKaranSeason6 pic.twitter.com/nXaPjOjLqa
— Nikhil Apegaonkar (@iamnik7) January 7, 2019
Only when you watch the recent episode of koffee with karan, you’ll truly understand whom you should inspire and consider as role model. Thank you for the lesson. #HardikPandya– absolutely no common sense in his DNA. #KoffeeWithKaran
— keerthana hari (@keerthanaharii) January 7, 2019
#HardikPandya is not a chauvinist or misogynistic.
He is just plain stupid, for speaking aloud about what a lot of men keep under wraps.
— Mayuri⭐ (@Mayuri6) January 8, 2019
— shriram hemaraj (@shriramtweet) January 7, 2019
Currently, Hardik Pandya is with the Indian team in Australia where they recently registered a historic 2-1 Test series win, the first in India’s cricketing history Down Under.