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Bernard O'Byrne became chief executive of Basketball Ireland in 2011

Following a probe into a social media post relating to the Black Lives Matter campaign last week, Basketball Ireland’s chief executive has resigned.

In an apparent reference to England footballer Raheem Sterling, Bernard O’Byrne wrote a Facebook remark with the caption ‘Black Dives Matter.’


It came after England’s Euro 2020 semi-final triumph over Denmark.


Basketball Ireland described the remark as “inappropriate.”


Paul McDevitt, the organization’s chairman, said he was “extremely sad” that Mr. O’Byrne was leaving under such circumstances.

“We understand that the basketball community and beyond have been particularly disappointed over the last several days, and we will continue to listen to and resolve any issues raised,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday.

‘Extremely erroneous’

Mr. O’Byrne, who was previously the treasurer and chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, was appointed chief executive of Basketball Ireland in 2011.

He expressed his “deep regret” for the “harm” caused by the statement, which prompted Basketball Ireland to launch an investigation.

The hosts were granted an extra-time penalty after a challenge on Raheem Sterling in the Wembley semi-final, which England won 2-1.

“I am completely aware of the problems with discrimination that many individuals face in their daily lives,” Mr. O’Byrne added.


“My remark was an off-the-cuff, terribly ill-judged effort at humor based only on wordplay, and it was never meant to be racially insensitive or disparage organizations that have done so much to promote awareness of inclusiveness and prejudice.”

Mr. O’Byrne has been a “driving force” in “addressing bullying and poor views surrounding gender, sexuality, and ethnicity” in the sporting body in recent years, according to Paul McDevitt, who described the social media post as a “short error of judgment.”