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Watson regrets 'Dutchmen' slur
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Port Elizabeth - Kings captain Luke Watson
has admitted to, and expressed shame and embarrassment for, some of his past statements.
SportsTalk in a radio interview, Watson addressed some of the controversial
episodes that have dogged his career.
first time Watson admitted to once saying that rugby in SA was ‘run by
Watson expressed remorse for the incident: “I have
tried to deny it in the past, but the fact of the matter is I slipped up and
made a mistake. In a heated debate and discussion, I used those words,” Watson
“It is the
one thing in my life that I regret more than anything. In a heated moment, I
took out my anger and my frustration, all the hurt and the tough times I have
been through in my life”
something that even to this day I am deeply ashamed and deeply embarrassed about,
because I have loads of Afrikaans friends, loads of people in my life that have
supported me and invested in me in the Afrikaans community.”
that it had not been his intention to discriminate against Afrikaans people,
merely to highlight the imbalances and the inequality he believed existed in South African rugby.
meant it in that regard. Do I believe that there is still a massive need for transformation
in this South African rugby? Yes. Do I
believe that South African rugby is still controlled by white people? Yes.
Black people are not afforded the same opportunities that they should be
afforded. The black community is not invested in, in the way it should be,”
Watson said he wanted to make a “constructive contribution” and be a “good role model”
for young rugby players in the future, and was committed doing his best to promote top flight rugby in the Eastern Cape.
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