In the Caribbean, anti-gay slurs are less acceptable than they used to be. A star West Indies cricketer learned that the hard way last month. Umpires imposed a four-match suspension in mid-February on cricketer Shannon Gabriel of Trinidad and Tobago, playing for the West Indies team. Gabriel later apologized for his words and accepted the suspension of four One-Day Internationals matches as his penalty for using abusive language. He had taunted England captain Joe Root by asking him, “Do you like boys?” To which Root replied, “Don’t use it as an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay.”


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