Clarke feels ‘disgrace’ over WhatsApp messages


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Joe Clarke
Clarke has performed for England junior and improvement sides however not for the senior crew

Nottinghamshire batter Joe Clarke says he feels “embarrassment and disgrace” over his involvement in a vulgar WhatsApp group with rapist Alex Hepburn.

The sexist messages led to Clarke, 25, being made unavailable for choice by England and charged with bringing the sport into disrepute.

“It doesn’t mirror the individual I’m now,” Clarke told the Telegraphexternal-link.

“I’ve executed a number of reflecting. It’s embarrassment and disgrace that I used to be concerned in what was a horrible factor.

“I am completely satisfied I’ve the prospect now and say how sorry I’m for the involvement in all of it.”

Clarke was talking in his first main interview since being named through the Hepburn trial.

Final month, England’s new director of males’s cricket Rob Key prompt he can be open to Clarke being picked.

Hepburn was jailed for 5 years after being discovered responsible of assaulting a sleeping lady after she had consensual intercourse with Clarke.

Hepburn, Clarke after which Worcestershire team-mate Tom Kohler-Cadmore swapped messages on WhatsApp discussing a sport of sexual conquests.

The decide stated the WhatsApp messages “demeaned ladies” and “trivialised rape”.

“It upsets me seeing it [the WhatsApp game] now so I utterly perceive why individuals get upset it,” Clarke stated. “It’s horrible to have a look at. It was utterly unsuitable.”

He additionally stated he had “let down” the sufferer, who suffered post-traumatic stress dysfunction.

“She was finally in my firm and relied on me for her security and I didn’t present that,” Clarke stated. “I really feel like I let her down and I hope that she has discovered happiness that she deserves now and has managed to maneuver on.”

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