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CSA lawyers advise on Gibbs

2010-11-03 11:09

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa has tasked its legal counsel to look into Herschelle Gibbs's controversial autobiography and to advise accordingly.

The book, entitled To the Point, was released on Monday, but Sunday newspapers carried excerpts of it.

Calling it an "open and honest account", Gibbs tells of sexual escapades while on tour with the national team, as well as his troubles with alcohol and dagga.

CSA CEO Gerald Majola says everybody concerned (including players) needs to wait for the outcome of CSA's processes which will be announced as soon as the Board has taken a view or a decision on the matter.

CSA will not be commenting further until the processes are complete.

Sport24

Comments
  • Colin - 2010-11-03 11:25

    Now we need an inquest into the Gibbsgate ... ha ha ha ha ha ....Cant believe that CSA needs their layers to read the book on their behalf ..... Cant they read ...... Come on lets be honest and enjoy the read.....

  • Hector - 2010-11-03 11:33

    If you need a lawyer, then you must be scared of something.

  • the thruth hurts - 2010-11-03 11:37

    CSA,Majola, didnt have coments before they read the .WOW after reading the book they gonna pay lawyers to read the book and advise them, then call a board meeting.S#1t this book must be a good read.

  • MR XxX - 2010-11-03 11:39

    ITS about time someone told the truth of what happens behind the scenes. WAY TO GO GIBBS

  • Stormfront - 2010-11-03 11:47

    Now that the light has been switched on the cockroaches are running... Time to get the DOOM!

  • fraud - 2010-11-03 11:48

    Oh flip! CSA are gonna yank the book off the shelves!! I better buy it quick....

  • Terry - 2010-11-03 11:51

    like the government they want to silence the press on their corruption and fraud,now they want to silence the players. Let the public who pay to watch what ever sport and the sponsor know whats going on, thats the only way they will clean up their act

  • Alan H - 2010-11-03 11:52

    How sad! Just let Gibbs be, for goodness sake. Most sportsman who have been on a tour will tell you things happen. If he is exaggerating, so what. But to get lawyers involved, how sad! Lookat some sportsmen, Ponting before he calmed down, Cooper as of 3 months ago was stealing. Please if you are trying to say the Proteas are saints, you are fooling yourself CSA.

  • Graham - 2010-11-03 11:57

    @hector yes they are scared of something. They're scared that when role models go bad, then boast about it, and then gets applauded by halfwits they may need to step in. They are scared that an account in the book is different to a judicial enquiry and one version is a lie and they feel, for crickets sake, they need to know which. They are scared that the book carries the impression that the life of a confessed "piece of rubish" is that of the normal cricket player. CSA is a brand and who would you prefer youngsters to identify with that brand. Gibbs or Amla, Telewhoever or Polock (pick any of the three). Go on CSA take him on show guts, show integrity!

  • SymbolofLife - 2010-11-03 11:57

    Ag really...so the guys smoked some weed and had some fun with the ladies...big deal...Now all of the sudden everyone is in denial and shock that these things went on...get with the times people...professional sports...lotsa ladies...it comes with the territory...

  • JAmes - 2010-11-03 11:58

    Gibbs has hit a sore point..At the last world cup, Smith was also giving the good life a tonk, and cramping in the games due to dehydration from over abusing alcohol,. They forget that the fitness coach was sent packing after taking Smith and Kallis on. This is damage control.

  • Graham - 2010-11-03 11:58

    @hector yes they are scared of something. They're scared that when role models go bad, then boast about it, and then gets applauded by halfwits they may need to step in. They are scared that an account in the book is different to a judicial enquiry and one version is a lie and they feel, for crickets sake, they need to know which. They are scared that the book carries the impression that the life of a confessed "piece of rubish" is that of the normal cricket player. CSA is a brand and who would you prefer youngsters to identify with that brand. Gibbs or Amla, Telewhoever or Polock (pick any of the three). Go on CSA take him on show guts, show integrity!

  • Leon - 2010-11-03 11:59

    Take the book for what it is gentleman, a hasbeens last attempt to make enough money to retire on as his career is dead and buried. At the end of the day Gibbs is still a Alchoholic Drug addict who takes bribes to lose cricket matches.

  • Shinga - 2010-11-03 12:03

    They are so scared of the truth they are trying to scare Gibbs in withdrawing his book. Maybe they can look at last nights game which the Proteas tried to throw and the previous game instead of wasting their time on verifying the truth in Gibbs' book.

  • Gaz - 2010-11-03 12:03

    Mmmmm a big can of worms, what they hiding? This is gonna be nice and juicy... This just isn't cricket ...tsk tsk tsk Well you have corruption and fraud in Govt, now orgies and puff puff pass in Sport ha ha ha!!!

  • Andrew - 2010-11-03 12:06

    It should have been clear to CSA many years ago that Gibbs was a druggie and and an alkie and sex crazed. He should never have played cricket for even a club. That there was much seriously wrong in SA cricket for many years is also clear.

  • Mac - 2010-11-03 12:06

    Maybe Gibbs must get his daddy involved again......

  • Alchemist - 2010-11-03 12:07

    This is just a gentle breeze in a teacup.....in a couple of months all will be forgotten UNTIL...........the next money making autobiography comes along.....only suckers will by this stuff - of which there are always an abundant surplus no doubt !!

  • Andre - 2010-11-03 12:10

    Who is going to read this trash anyway. Gibbs is an idiot, always was and always will be.

  • war - whites against racism - 2010-11-03 12:21

    CSA getting lawyers, what are they hiding? Good stuff Gibbs, you tell it like it is, or at least how you saw things. I reckon this book must be a good read. When is the sequel coming out?

  • Piet - 2010-11-03 12:25

    The PR machine has the press and public around their little fingers. It is a has been's attempt at making some money and perhaps set him up as some kind of commentator. Gibbs would never have had all the chances that he had if he was white. Anyone and everyone was also blamed for his initial poor performances for the national team. And it is not as if anyone thought the likes of Gibbs and Gunter were saints before the book.... He might have some talent, but he has no character. I just hope the public speaks up when a drug user, alcohol abuser and someone living it up while not paying child support then gets some commentating or, heaven forbid, coaching job!

  • GP - 2010-11-03 12:26

    The truth will be denied by the parties involved.Let it be !!! Boyz will be boyz.No need for legal action,a waste of tax payers money..

  • @ Alan H. - 2010-11-03 12:34

    I am wondering a bit about the statement: 'If he is exaggerating, so what.' If Gibbs exaggerated his own actions, it would be somewhat human, like any old fisherman can tell us. If Gibbs exaggerated the involvement and/or actions of his teammates, it becomes a legal matter. No one has the moral or legal right to exaggerate or, to use a synonym, lie publicly about someone else. My guess is that part of the intention of the lawyers would be to determine the truth of many of the statements--and, if found exaggerated, to represent the victims.

  • Anon - 2010-11-03 12:41

    Anyone who toured away from home knows the stuff guys get up to. What happens on tour stays on tour.

  • chris - 2010-11-03 12:42

    Gotta love the “holier than thou” people commenting on here. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it... simple really. Cant see what CSA’s lawyers are going to do about it in any event.

  • Reg - 2010-11-03 12:49

    It's a scam to sell the book. There are guys @ CSA who are collecting on this. The more they whine, the more people will want to read it.

  • lawler - 2010-11-03 13:07

    Gibbs, too much Sak Wyn and Zol can make one woman look like two. Plead innocence my man and blame it on the old wine for work rule that the boere use to enforce in the Cape. It should be no surprise what actually happens on these tours! All the manne that were with Gibbs on these cricket tours have plenty of explaining to do....

  • poplap - 2010-11-03 13:13

    Vinnige Fanie, that English outjie, Herschell himself, Andre Nel... the trials and tribulations of a cricketers's (ex) wife. No wonder. They are bad examples to married men everywhere, and they are the heroes of our menfolk. They have a responsibility to women everywhere to set better examples.

  • JAF - 2010-11-03 13:16

    The book is a good read. I had read a lot of biographies in my time (I have over 100 in my own bookshelf, including Gibbs previous book) and for once you get someoen who speaks how it is. The media is just taking the juicy bits. There is more to the book then weed, sex and alcohol. Gibbs was a cricketer after all. One of our countries most entertaining.

  • poplap - 2010-11-03 13:19

    Vinnige Fanie, that English outjie, Herschell himself, Andre Nel... the trials and tribulations of a cricketers's (ex) wife. No wonder. They are bad examples to married men everywhere, and they are the heroes of our menfolk. They have a responsibility to women everywhere to set better examples. The against troupe are the ones who believes it is fine for public figures to lie and cheat on their wifes. My goodness, so many of you too.... Shows you.

  • Wally - 2010-11-03 13:27

    Gibbs is 'n regte skollie!!!

  • Sandra-D - 2010-11-03 13:28

    I think if the shoe fits then put it on babe. Maybe the other players are just peeved that they never got in first, or that they got caught. Any which way, it is his story and that is his right to tell it. Nobody can tell him he can't write about his life. You go Gibbs, you have the right, good on you for coming clean. Just for the record, you are in the public eye that doesn't give us as the people to say what you will and will not do. Screw those that are scared of you.

  • I read the book - 2010-11-03 13:46

    Everybody that's commenting about the book makes me laugh. This is just another classic case where the media decides what we should think or not! Just read the book and you'll see he didn't 1. Claim that there is a clique 2. Accused Graeme of having too much power. In fact he only had praise for the clique-brigade! Even telling funny stories about them. Cool stuff mr Gibbs. You've once again entertained us. So go read the book and stop making these ill-informed/unfounded statements.

  • Not Fooled - 2010-11-03 13:51

    Firstly, you can't tell me management didn't know what went on during the tours. Secondly, will the lawyers be purchasing their own books or will they be handed books from CSA? Gibbs should sue CSA if they are handing books out. Thirdly, who was responsible for selecting Gibbs, knowing he was a loose cannon? Fourthly, where will the money come from to pay for an investigation? Let's first see the IPL controversy investigated.

  • bulelani silangwe - 2010-11-03 14:04

    YHO! is this what really happens at these international tours, i can't believe he'd write something like that in an autobiography, he should've never played cricket from club level..blah blah blah... Come on people, really now. i think people r used to ur typical self praising, pilitically correct boring autobiography. this is a thriller..Cricket has never been a clean "gentlemen's game"like its always been claimed to be anyway & i think history has reassured us of that fact, its a sport & all sports r full of dirty shenanigans. i still think Alan Donald has a lot questions to answer about the 2003 WC mishap. Must be a thriller of a read, i can'nt wait to get me a copy. Hola Gibbs, wena usiskhokho mfo wam, clearly on & off pitch.

  • I know the truth - 2010-11-03 14:13

    Want some more juicies: Find Phil Stearns ex Edblo and ask him for a few stories.............

  • Tshepo - 2010-11-03 14:28

    All I have to say is "freedom of speech" leave the guy alone he's allowed to express himself freely. If you cant take it go buy Drum or Huisgenoot magazines.

  • Tshepo - 2010-11-03 14:29

    All I have to say is "freedom of speech" leave the guy alone he's allowed to express himself freely. If you cant take it go buy Drum or Huisgenoot magazines.

  • Tommy1 - 2010-11-03 14:35

    Dont WORRY MR GIBBS this is your book and you did and witnessed want went on.There is no way they can find you guilty in a court of law even if your former team mates lie under oath, only if CSA ask goverment to make an example of you.We know the CSA BOARD IS corupt when they excepted money from mr MODI for hosting the IPL,& Champions league and these transactions never apeared on CSA books but the moment an outside audit picked up on these transactions MR MAJOLA and CO were quickly to point out about the funds.It is very clear that if a player does not bow down to CSA en 'GAT KRUIP' one becomes a traitor.The CSA board is corupt but they want to seek lawyers advice about MR GIBBS speaking the truth in his book about what transpired.How about CSA board tell us the truth about all they cover ups and expensive holidays taken,gifts received and so on..........I THINK HANSIE IS SPEAKING THROUGH GIBBS AND HAUNTING CSA FROM THE GRAVE CAUSE THEY LEFT HIM OUT TO DRY......way the go HANSIE.It has now become official that in SOUTH AFRICA if you speak the truth,one will be taken to the courts and you will be punished an example made of you, and by the end of your trial you will begin a course to be a qualified LIAR.I am very sure that MR GIBBS does not want a job as a commentator/ fielding coach or anything to do with CSA like all the past cricketers that run to get these jobs.If you look at the guys character you will know he played his cricket on instinct/his gut feeling and if he has decided to write a tell all book,he is just being him.I SALUTE YOU MR GIBBS and you will always be remembered as a GREAT CRICKETER that this country produced.

  • wilma - 2010-11-03 14:55

    MM looks to me as Csa and sme players have things to hide that theey don"t wat to come out their cupboards.....I have always Hansie took te fall more people than what we know of......but I also maintain WHERE THERE IS SMOKE THERE IS FIRE......pity some people want to try and give that squeeky clean image just shows how 2 faced they are and yes there is and always will be a CLICK becuse some players think they above the rest... those without sin cast the first stone....Good luck Herschell

  • GREG - 2010-11-03 15:30

    If Gibbs' mates wanted to keep secrets they shouldn't have joined in. A confession is far more plausible than a denial. So if Gibbs says he did it, it's more likely to be true than the guy who says "Wassn't Me".

  • ADMIRER - 2010-11-03 15:51

    CSA, I hope you use your own funds to persecute the players mentioned in the book. I will refuse to pay taxes if another Commission has to be created for the BS! Only in South Africa, do we engage legal counsel for such petty BS. It is a book people, not an accusation. I cannot imagine how by now Bill Clinton should've been serving a life sentence somewehere for everything someone has said about him in a book they wrote. And he has been investigated ... CSA you are a joke.

  • Comrade - 2010-11-03 16:37

    Majola what do YOU have to hide...the Ali Bacher rubbish huh? You should step down very soon...or maybe we should ask the new Minister of sport to request that you resign with immediate effect too.

  • Roll out the Barrel - 2010-11-03 16:39

    With the proceeds of the book I am sure that Herschelle will be able to go out for a big booze-up, he could even take his mom along, but please remember to have someone to drive there to drive them home if they over do things. I suggest he try the Junction Hotel Salt River Cape Town.

  • Sean - 2010-11-03 16:43

    Freedom of speech, R U free or R u dom , Gibsy's both. bishops old boy.

  • Sbuda - 2010-11-04 08:14

    cant wait for the book when is it going to be available

  • Leon - 2010-11-05 09:33

    The truth will set you free, and last time I checked Gibbs did not rat out anyone in public, he made these revelations in his biography = An account of the series of events making up a person's life, so he is more implicating himself then anyone and that takes balls to admit that you are only human and have faults!

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