Ben Stokes describes Sun story about family as ‘immoral and heartless’
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England batsman Ben Stokes says the Sun paper’s front-page story about his household is”utterly disgusting” and the”lowest form of humor”.
The newspaper alleges that a number of his loved ones, located in New Zealand, had to cope with what Stokes describes as”deeply personal and traumatic events”.
Stokes, 28, who appeared as England won the World Cup this summer, called the post”immoral and heartless”.
The BBC has contacted the Sun for a reply.
In a statement, Stokes reported the story concerned”events from the personal lives of my family, going back more than 31 years” and had”serious inaccuracies that has resisted the harm caused”.
In addition, he stated:”The decision to release these details has lifelong and grave effects for my mom in particular.”
The Durham and England all-rounder added:”To use my title as a excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents would be completely disgusting.
“it’s tough to discover words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism.
“I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, unkind or insulting into the feelings and conditions of my loved ones.”
Stokes produced the match-winning innings since England’s men won their first Cricket World Cup at Lord’s in July prior to an incredible 135 out not in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley last month saw England remain in contention in a series that they finally drew 2-2.
He added:”I am aware that my public brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely.
“But I will not permit my personal profile to be utilised as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my spouse, my kids or other household members. They are entitled to a life span in their own.
“For over three decades, my family has worked hard to take care of the personal injury inevitably associated with such events and has taken great care to keep confidential what were profoundly personal and traumatic events.
“On Saturday the Sun delivered a’reporter’ to my parents’ home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, to this exceptionally troubling subject. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun think it’s okay to sensationalise our tragedy.
“This is the lowest type of journalism, concentrated solely on pursuing sales with absolutely no respect for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.”
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