Ben Stokes condemns Sun’s story about family tragedy, describing it as ‘immoral and heartless’ 

Ben Stokes condemns Sun's story about family tragedy, describing it as 'immoral and heartless' 

Stokes’ relationship with Britain’s biggest tabloid previously soured over his high-profile court case over a Bristol street fight. In 2017, The Sun was first to publish footage of the brawl which eventually led to the 28-year-old being charged with affray. He was cleared in court a year ago.
In his lengthy statement today, Stokes criticised The Sun for sending a reporter to his parents’ home in Christchurch to ask them about the tragedy. He added: “To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting.
“I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular. This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with no absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.”

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