Ben Stokes has apologised to Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey for a video that showed the England player imitating a TV clip of the youngster.
The apology came on the same day Stokes lost personal sponsor New Balance following his recent arrest over an incident near a Bristol nightclub.
The video emerged following his arrest in September. TV personality Price has called Stokes’ behaviour “disgusting”.
“I foolishly attempted to copy the clip,” Stokes tweeted on Wednesday.
“I should never have done this and I am so sorry.”
The 26-year-old England all-rounder and Test vice-captain added: “It was absolutely not my intention to offend Harvey, Katie or anybody else.
“I have written to both Harvey and Katie to say sorry and prior to this offered to meet in person at the end of last month with a view to also getting behind their petition about online bullying. I do hope I can put this right.”
This is the first time Stokes has spoken publicly since he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm on a night out that followed England’s victory over West Indies in the third one-day international.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has said Stokes will not travel to Australia on 28 October with the rest of the Ashes squad “at this stage”.
On Wednesday night sports equipment manufacturer New Balance said it had ended its relationship with Stokes, saying it “does not condone behaviour by our global athletes that does not match our brand culture and values”.