Australian television presenter Tony Armstrong has gone to town on Quinton de Kock after the South African cricketer refused to take a knee ahead of a T20 World Cup game.
It's understood Cricket South Africa (CSA) issued a directive to players instructing them to take a knee in support fo the Black Lives Matter movement.
But news soon broke that de Kock wanted no part in the demonstration and walked out on the team for "personal reasons".
His withdrawal has left fans divided, with a small portion of people praising him while the majority have blasted him for his action - ABC Breakfast host Armstrong being one of those critics.
"We've seen sporting teams right around the world start to get behind this movement," Armstrong said on the morning TV show.
"So for him to not do that, all that I think - and this is my own personal opinion - the question has been bubbling in my mind is how racist do you have to be, to not just take a knee and do that in conjunction with your teammates to show support, to even pretend to show support? You've got to be pretty strong on your conviction not to.
"At the very best it is confounding, confusing and puzzling."
Following star wicketkeeper de Kock's shock withdrawal, South African captain Temba Bavuma was forced to front the media after the team's win over the West indies.
And, rather unsurprisingly, the press didn't seem too interested in the match itself - but rather the scandal involving de Kock.
Everyone must watch today's post-match conference of Temba Bavuma. During a 15-18 min conversation, almost every ques asked was a non-cricketing one, but he answered all and handled it very calmly. Well done Bavuma!:clap:- Jayesh (@jayeshvk16) October 26, 2021
"One of the toughest days I've had to deal with as a captain" pic.twitter.com/rwyElk1RY6
"I think obviously as a team we're obviously surprised and taken aback by the news," Bavuma said.
"In saying that, Quinton is an adult. He's a man in his own shoes. We respect his decision. We respect his convictions.
"From the team's point of view, unfortunately we still have to get the job done. There was still a game of cricket there for our country, and it was important, as much as everything was happening, that we found a way to get into the right mental space and take it home for our country.
Temba Bavuma handled it really well. Some tough questions asked but he answered everything with dignity. Well done @tbavuma10- Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) October 26, 2021
Temba Bavuma is one seriously impressive individual. The manner in which he handled the press conference following the incredible developments around Quinton de Kock was stellar. Maturity. Balance. Grace. A credit to South Africa and cricket.#T20WorldCup #SAvWI #quintondekock- Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) October 26, 2021
It's been said a few times now, but Temba Bavuma was brilliant in his post match presser. Starting with his decision to face the media even though Anrich Nortjé was originally going to do the presser.- Tinus van Staden (@TinusvS4) October 26, 2021
Temba is a top man.#T20WorldCup
Temba Bavuma is navigating a press conference with so much grace and poise. Really really impressed. I'm confident this is the right guy to navigate a very difficult period. #T20WorldCup- Daniel Gallan (@danielgallan) October 26, 2021
Seriously impressed by the way Temba Bavuma conducted himself in that post-match press conference. Lots of tough questions about Quinton de Kock, but he handled them all with honesty and aplomb. Not easy being captain of South Africa.- Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) October 26, 2021
"But as far as we stand, Quinton is still one of the players. He's still one of the boys, so whatever support that he needs, whatever shoulder that he requires from his teammates, we'll be there for him.
"If there's a need for further conversations to be had, I'm sure those will definitely happen among the guys."
Featured Image Credit: ABC/PA
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