Stokes ‘looked to the sky and spoke to God’ before alleged brawl Cricket star Ben Stokes says he was looking up to the sky and speaking to ‘God’ before he was involved in a street brawl, a court has heard.
The 27-year-old all-rounder made the bizarre remark during cross-examination on the fifth day of his trial at Bristol crown court on Friday. Examining footage of Stokes talking to bouncer Andrew Cunningham, outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol from the night of the melee, Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis asked him who he was speaking to when he was looking up at the night sky and mouthing words. Stokes replied: “God?” But Stokes insisted that “all of his actions were in self-defence” and that he reacted the way he did because he was “fearing for his safety” The cricketer explained that he could not remember punching Ryan Ali, 28 or his friend Mr Hale, 27, and said he intervened because they had directed homophobic abuse at the two gay men but was unable to say what those words were.
Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, suggested the reason he was having problems remembering exactly what happened that night was because he was “actually really very drunk”, which Stokes denied.