England batsman Ben Stokes on Tuesday slammed The Sun newspaper for publishing a front-page story on a tragedy that occurred in the cricketer’s family more than 31 years ago. In a statement posted on Twitter, he called the story the “lowest form of journalism” and “totally out of order”.
“Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years,” he wrote.
“It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family,” he added.
Stokes further said that to use his name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of his parents is “disgusting”. He said that he will not allow his public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of his family members.
The Sun article, said Stokes, also “contains inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused”.
Stokes has received a lot of support from people on Twitter, who condemned The Sun for sensationalising a painful incident from three decades ago, which Stokes has never spoken of in public.
The cricketer was the star of England’s dramatic victory in the World Cup final against New Zealand in July.