Trevor Sinclair posts about mental health after backlash over Queen tweet

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Watch: Football pundit Trevor Sinclair apologises for ‘ill-timed’ tweet

Former England footballer Trevor Sinclair posted about mental health in his first tweet since apologising for asking why "black and brown" people should mourn following the death of the Queen.

Sinclair faced widespread criticism for the tweet, which he posted just over one hour after the news was made public on Thursday, saying: "Racism was outlawed in England in the 60’s & its been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!!"

A huge backlash to the tweet, which was posted with spelling errors and was later taken down and reposted with them taken out, prompted an apology from the former England international.

Trevor Sinclair
Trevor Sinclair posted a picture of himself running with a caption referencing mental health in his first post after returning to Twitter.
Trevor Sinclair's first tweet since apologising for his comments about the Queen was about mental health. (Twitter/Trevor Sinclair)
Trevor Sinclair's first tweet since apologising for his comments about the Queen was about mental health. (Twitter/Trevor Sinclair)

He said: "My tweet yesterday was ill timed at a time when the royal family, and many around the world were grieving for the Queen. I apologise for any offence caused to those mourning The Queen."

On Friday Sinclair had deleted his account but has now reactivated it.

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In his first tweet since apologising for his initial comment, shared on Saturday (10 September), Sinclair posted a picture of himself running with the comment: "It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s finding the strength to get back up and go again #MentalHealthAwareness."

Sinclair has been taken off the air by talkSPORT, for whom he is a pundit, while the station carries out an investigation into his comments.

Sinclair has apologised for his comments. (Twitter/Trevor Sinclair)
Sinclair has apologised for his comments. (Twitter/Trevor Sinclair)

A tweet from its social media account said: "Trevor Sinclair will not be on air while we carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet.

"While we respect the right of Trevor Sinclair to express his opinion on his personal twitter account, talkSPORT does not endorse the tweet."

Sinclair, who won 12 caps for England between 2001—2003, was previously fired by the BBC in 2018 after being convicted of drink driving and racially abusing a police officer.