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England batsman Ben Stokes says that the Sun paper’s front-page narrative about his family is”completely disgusting” and also the”lowest type of humor”.
The paper alleges that some of his loved ones, located in New Zealand, needed to deal with what Stokes explains as”deeply traumatic and personal 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 to get a reply.
In a declaration, Stokes stated the narrative concerned”events at the personal lives of my family, going back more than 31 years” and had”serious inaccuracies which has compounded the harm caused”.
He also explained:”The choice to release these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mom particularly.”
The Durham and England all-rounder added:”To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and personal lives of – specifically – my parents is utterly disgusting.
“It is tough to find words that adequately describe such poor and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism.
“I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, unkind or unkind into the feelings and conditions of my loved ones.”
Stokes made the match-winning innings as 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 past month saw England stay in contention at a series that they finally drew 2-2.
He added:”I am conscious that my people brings with it impacts for me personally that I accept entirely.
“However, I will not permit my personal profile to be used as an excuse to intrude on the rights of my parents, my wife, my kids or other family members. They are entitled to a personal life of their own.
“For more than three years, my entire family has worked hard to manage the personal injury inevitably related to such events and has taken great care to keep confidential what were deeply traumatic and personal events.
“On Saturday the Sun delivered a’reporter’ to my parents’ house in New Zealand to query them, out of the blue, to this incredibly disturbing subject. The Sun believe it’s acceptable to sensationalise our tragedy to their page, if that wasn’t bad enough.
“This is the cheapest form of journalism, focused only on pursuing sales with absolutely no regard to the devastation caused by lives because of this. It’s totally out of order”
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