Trevor Sinclair has deleted his controversial tweet urging "black and brown" people not to mourn the Queen's death following her passing on Thursday at the age of 96.
The talkSPORT pundit said that racism was "allowed to thrive" during the 70-year reign of the late monarch within minutes of confirmation of her death. Sinclair, who had a top level playing career with the likes of Manchester City, West Ham United and England, wrote – alongside the hashtag #queen: "Racism was outlawed in England in the 60's & its been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!!"
Sinclair has since deleted a Twitter account. His profile now contains a "This account doesn't exist" message, while his picture is no longer visible.
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His controversial tweet sparked a huge backlash on social media from people grieving the Queen. talkSPORT colleague and former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan replied: "Trev. I'm really not sure that is an appropriate thought, let alone tweet.
"The country has lost a very significant person and respect and value should be the over riding sentiments not division!"
talkSPORT released their own Twitter statement at 10:30pm on Thursday evening, which said: "We have been trying to make contact with Trevor Sinclair following opinions expressed on his Twitter account. talkSPORT does not support those views expressed and is investigating the matter."
Sinclair's tweet came as something of a surprise given that he previously praised the late monarch for her "genuine humility." Back in April 2020 after the Queen had addressed the nation during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, he posted: "Our Queen looked so fragile when addressing the nation earlier but was so genuine with humility, her majesty still inspired."
In 2018, Sinclair was ditched from his job as a BBC pundit after he racially abused a police officer who had arrested him for drink-driving. He was sentenced to 150 hours of community service for the public order offence and handed a 20-month driving ban.
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