Cricketer Rahul Dravid has responded to the controversy Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul mired themselves in after their ‘misogynist’ and ‘sexist’ comments on the sixth season of Karan Johar’s celebrity chat show Koffee With Karan. While speaking to a leading daily, Rahul said that there is no need to “overreact” on the matter.
Hardik, along with KL Rahul, appeared on Koffee With Karan 6 and after the episode aired, the cricketers were trolled as well as censured on social media for their controversial remarks on the show.
According to a report in peepingmoon.com, Rahul said, “It is not that players did not make mistakes in the past. It is not that mistakes will not be made in the future despite our best efforts to educate the youth. But let us not overreact please.”
Moreover, Rahul, who has also coached KL Rahul and Hardik when they played for India, said that players need guidance and should be told that the system cannot be abused.
“Players come from different teams and their roles of responsibility need to be addressed. Issues will always be there and we have to educate and guide them. They should be told they can’t abuse the system. I learnt from watching seniors in Karnataka, from parents and coaches. They were my role models. No one sat me down and gave me a lecture. I observed and learnt. The best learning process happens in the dressing room from your seniors. But we should not overreact,” Rahul added.
After Koffee With Karan 6 aired, Hardik issued an apology note, in which he wrote that he “got carried away with the nature of the show.” Hotstar – the video streaming website – that airs the program – pulled off the episode while BCCI issued show cause notices to Hardik and Rahul in lieu of their comments on women and indefinitely suspended the players.
On Koffee With Karan 6, Hardik bragged about his relationship with several women and also his family’s attitude towards it.