Ben Stokes was filmed parodying Harvey Price’s appearance on Loose Women in a shocking video.
England cricketer Ben Stokes, who was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning in Bristol on suspicion of ABH, can be seen in the Snapchat video mimicking Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey Price.
Stokes can be seen imitating what Harvey said during his appearance on the ITV daytime show Loose Women. During the interview with Katie, Harvey was asked how he would respond to taunts online about his birth conditions which have left him blind, with autism and ADHD, to which he said “Hello you c***.”
During the segment, Katie asked her son: “Harvey, if someone says something horrible to you, what do you think?”
Harvey replied: “Hello.”
Clarifying, Price then asked: “You’d say hello? If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what does Harvey say?”
Harvey then replied: “Hello you c***,” before the presenter of the programme quickly apologised for the offensive language. Though the slur breached the channels pre-watershed rule about profanity, viewers were nonetheless quick to praise the honesty of the segment, although others suggested that Katie Price was exploiting her teenage son.
The video, in which Stokes is seen to be mimicking what Harvey Price said in the Loose Women interview, began making the rounds about the same time as the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) suspended Stokes and Alex Hales until further notice as an investigation into what happened in the early hours of Monday morning continues.
In the video, the 26-year-old cricketer can be seen imitating the disabled teenager.
He says in the video: “Harvey, what do you say when people are being mean?” He then waves to the camera and says “Hello you c***,” before laughing.
The time and location of the video are as of yet unknown.
The widening circulation of the video caps off a torrid week for the England cricket player, who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. He was released without charge but remains under investigation.
However, on Wednesday, when Stokes was selected for England’s Ashes squad, a video was published by The Sun that allegedly shows Ben Stokes throwing a punch or two.
After the CCTV was released, the ECB released a statement regarding Stokes and Hales and stated that they would not be under consideration for selection until further notice.
The statement reads: “Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.”
“Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the ongoing Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.
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“Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman.
“These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.”
This isn’t the first time that Stokes has been disciplined by the ECB for what happens away from the ground – as Stokes was sent home from an England Lions tour in Australia in 2013 for breaking the team curfew rules.