Ben Stokes is arguably the most popular and loved cricketer in England at the moment. The reason for the same is not very hard to explain.
Ben Stokes was the hero for England in their historic World Cup triumph. The all-rounder played one of his finest knocks in the World Cup final to help England win the trophy for the first time ever.
He then impressed in the just-concluded Ashes too. His brilliant century in Headingley where he single-handedly took England over the line will go down as one of the greatest knocks of all time.
At a time when Ben Stokes would have loved to spend some quality time away from the hustle and bustle of international cricket after a historic summer, he has been left fuming by an English news outlet.
On Monday, The Sun revealed The sad and shocking family history of England cricketer Ben Stokes.
The Sun has reported that Stokes had a half-brother and sister who were both kiIIed in New Zealand by his mother’s former partner in 1988 – three years before Stokes’ birth.
His mum Deb’s two children Tracey, eight, and Andrew, four, were killed by her ex Richard Dunn in 1988 before Ben’s birth.
The Sun reported that Dunn flew into a jealous rage after Stokes’ mother Deb started a new relationship with Gerard Stokes.
Stokes has never spoken publicly about his family’s tragedy, with a source close to the cricketer telling ‘The Sun‘ his birth gave his mother “something to live for”.
Ben Stokes lashes out at ‘The Sun’ for publishing details about his personal life and family, terming the act as “utterly disgusting” and the “lowest form of journalism”.
Stokes said the newspaper article deals with “deeply personal and traumatic events” that affected his New Zealand-based family more than 30 years ago, according to a BBC report.
In a statement on Twitter, Stokes alleged the report had “serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused”.
“The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.” – Ben Stokes
England all-rounder added: “To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of -in particular – my parents is utterly disgusting.”
“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. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own.”
For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events, said Stokes
On Saturday The Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, The Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.
“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.”
A spokesperson for the Sun was quoted as saying by BBC: “The Sun has the utmost sympathy for Ben Stokes and his mother but it is only right to point out the story was told with the co-operation of a family member who supplied details, provided photographs and posed for pictures. The tragedy is also a matter of public record and was the subject of extensive front page publicity in New Zealand at the time.”
“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.”, they added.