Trevor Sinclair Arrested – Trevor Sinclair Stood Down by Talksport Following Controversial Queen Tweet

Trevor Sinclair has been stood down by Talksport amid investigations after he suggested black and Asian communities should not mourn the Queen.

The radio station has confirmed the former England footballer “will not be on air” while it establishes the “circumstances and timing” of his controversial tweet.

Within two hours of Buckingham Palace confirming the Queen’s death, Sinclair wrote online: “Racism was outlawed in England in the 60’s & its [sic] been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!! #queen.”

The post prompted hundreds of angry replies, with many calling for a boycott of Talksport unless he was sacked. The former England midfielder had been on presenting duties for the station earlier on Thursday at Doncaster Racecourse.

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Sinclair’s verified account appeared to be re-activated on Friday with an apology.

 

TalkSport immediately attempted to distance itself from the comment, saying the station “does not support those views”. In an internal email seen by Telegraph Sport, Lee Clayton, head of the station, also asked “all presenters and representatives of the Talksport brand to refrain from posting any derogatory or contentious remarks on social media in light of the current news events”.

The radio station later released a statement saying:

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Sinclair’s post sparked immediate fury and debate among users, while his talkSport colleague Simon Jordan commented on the post: “Trev I’m really not sure that is an appropriate thought, let alone tweet . The country has lost a very significant person and respect and value should be the overriding sentiments not division !”

Many users were incensed by Sinclair’s view, with one writing: “Totally agree with your sentiment Simon. An uncalled for, unnecessary, unwanted point of view at this moment in time.”

Another user wrote: “It’s really not hard to just show respect … regardless of opinion, likes or dislikes.”

British Olympian Kelly Sotherton was among those to criticise Sinclair, replying to his tweet: “You should be ashamed of yourself .. I have no other words that are appropriate.”

Former Notts County owner Alan Hardy wrote: “You’re an absolute disgrace. No words.” While ex-Middlesbrough defender David Wheater said: “Crikey trev you’ve gone in wildly there mate.”

Yet others defended Sinclair, with one commenting on Jordan’s post: “Respect and value is earned, not a given or birthright. The man is entitled to feel however he does about the monarchy.”

More followed a similar line of defence for Sinclair, with one stating: “Freedom of speech..may not be good timing but he can say what he wants.” Another said: “Should be given the chance to explain his comments…. not sure how but given the chance.”

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