Lewis Hamilton, Garth Crooks and Clive Myrie targeted by racist troll

Racist troll sends death threat to BBC targeting F1 ace Lewis Hamilton, football pundit Garth Crooks and newsreader Clive Myrie

  • BBC News presenter Clive Myrie, 54, says racist abuse is the worst he has known
  • He has received death threats, a card with a gorilla on it and been called a ‘pimp’
  • He said the BBC investigations unit are trying to prosecute the racist troll

A racist troll has written in to the BBC making death threats against news presenter Clive Myrie, football pundit Garth Crooks and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

Myrie, 54, who regularly presents BBC News, said racist abuse now is the worst he has known since he started his career in 1988.

He said: ‘There have been four or five in the last three years. I’ve been at the BBC 30 years and I can only recall one before that, so it is increasing.’  

BBC presenter Clive Myrie, 54, has revealed he has been a target of racist abuse and death threats

‘To be fair, I wasn’t the only one, Lewis Hamilton and Garth Crooks were in the same email. What do we have in common?’

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, 34, regularly features on BBC chat shows while Garth Crooks, 60, appears on Final Score and Match of the Day as a football pundit.

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Both Crooks and Hamilton have also suffered racist abuse from the stands in their sporting careers. 

Myrie told the podcast Fortunately… with Fi and Jane that abuse is common and the BBC investigations unit is trying to prosecute the person who made the death threats against the trio. 

The award-winning journalist revealed a woman wrote in to the BBC telling him he dressed like a pimp and should work elsewhere and he also received a card with a gorilla on the front. 

Football pundit Garth Crooks, 60, suffered racist abuse when he was a footballer in the 1970s and 1980s

The five-time World Champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner Lewis Hamilton has also been targeted by the vile troll

But Myrie said he is able to ignore the abuse and carry on with his job.

He said: ‘I am black and there are people out there who don’t like black people, but there are also people who don’t like women doing things.

‘You just ride with it. It’s incredibly depressing.’ 

MailOnline has asked the BBC if it has contacted police over the death threats and is awaiting a response.

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