Geoffrey Boycott apologises 'unreservedly' for perceived racist comments during first England vs West Indies Test https://t.co/A2NJ4DSDnE pic.twitter.com/kzMESP1dS0 — Mirror Sport (@MirrorSport) August 22, 2017The guest at the event -- which cost £300 ($385, 327 euros) to attend -- said the remark though intended as a joke was "crass" and went down like a "lead balloon". However, Boycott -- who has overcome throat cancer in 2002 to become a popular and outspoken pundit on BBC Radio's globally renowned Test Match Special -- took to Twitter on Tuesday to unreservedly apologise. "Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable," he tweeted.
"I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.
Tweet 1 of 3: Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable...August 22, 2017
Tweet 2/3: I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.. — Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) August 22, 2017"I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players."
The BBC would not comment on whether he would continue to play a part in the ongoing West Indies three match Test series although they did issue a statement welcoming his apology. "He has rightly apologised unreservedly for these clearly unacceptable comments," a BBC spokesperson said. West Indies greats like Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers and Curtly Ambrose have been knighted whilst the last England cricketer to be knighted was Ian Botham -- no stranger to controversy himself -- in 2007.
Tweet 3/3: I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players.— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) August 22, 2017