Luke controversy saddens Putt

2008-10-15 08:36

Cape Town - Kevin Putt, a former coach of Springbok Luke Watson, says he would be "immensely disappointed" if allegations that the loose forward wanted to vomit on the South African jersey are correct.

Watson has created a storm of controversy in South Africa after he reportedly claimed the problem with South African rugby was that it is "controlled by Dutchmen" and suggested it was "rotten to the core".

Following the revelation of Watson's comments, which included the statement he was so nauseated by wearing the Springbok jersey he wanted to retch the contents of his stomach on to it, the South African Rugby Union has called for an urgent meeting with the player.

Yesterday, former Waikato halfback Putt, who coached Watson during his tenure with the Durban-based Sharks between 2002 and 2005, noted the son of anti-apartheid campaigner "Cheeky" Watson has always been a strong personality.

"I'm not surprised, but I am a little bit sad," Putt, who returned to New Zealand several years ago and coached Counties-Manukau in 2006 and 2007, said.

"I thoroughly enjoyed his rugby playing ability and would be immensely disappointed if these (comments) come to fruition (and prove correct).

"If that's the case, it's a disappointing summary of what a rugby player has done with his mouth instead of his body."

Watson, who now lives in the Western Cape and represents the Stormers in the Super 14, last year made his Springboks debut after former coach Jake White was forced to include him in his squad by the sport's administrators.

For some it proved an unpopular decision, with Watson's detractors believing he did not deserve to be included in the squad.

The inflammatory comments were made at a rugby club last week.

Watson was unaware they were being recorded and although he did not deny making them, he said they have been distorted.

He also allegedly said his team-mates and coach refused to talk to him and would not share a table to eat with him and that "the men who sit on my left and right of me in the change room despise me for who I am".

Springboks team-mate Victor Matfield has reacted angrily to the claims, telling South African media the attacks were "despicable" and refuted suggestions Watson's team-mates alienated him.

"When I was captain (of the Springboks) I did my best to involve Luke in all the activities," said Matfield.

"I asked him to make an input in video and team sessions and he did not want to. It is untrue that the other players didn't try to accept him. It is rather a case of Luke never wanting to be part of the Springbok set-up.

"Many players came to me to complain that Luke was not, or did not want to be, a Springbok in heart and soul."

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  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 09:32

    Luke Watson does not deserve to ever put a South African jersey over his head after this.

  • A Fouche - 2008-10-15 09:36

    Luke Watson is a disgrace to South African rugby. He was not and will never be good enough to repressent South Africa. He's only a political mouth piece for the ANC and his father who look to score points with the ANC bigwigs and who was probably also not good enough to play for the Springboks, that's why he started his own breakaway rugby union. Luke should be kicked out of SA rugby all toghether.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 09:42

    Ban him from playing for the springboks, province and the stormers. We do not need a bad apple in our midst.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 09:45

    Boo-hoo Luke! Stand up for your beliefs or get out of the kitchen.

  • Poepol - 2008-10-15 09:52

    Why is this tosser given so much coverage? He will pay his dues, don't worry about that! SARU will do nothing, but the crowd and the Bulls is another matter!!

  • fuzzy - 2008-10-15 09:53

    Pukey Lukey will surely live to regret shooting off his big mouth. I hope that WP/Stormers give him a free trade to anyone foolish enough to want him. He is a national disgrace!

  • Lew Harry - 2008-10-15 10:07

    Ag shame, daddy's little boytjie... nobody wanted to sit with him.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:09

    I prefer to watch someone who is proud to be a springbok like Habana or the 'Beast'. Why doesn't Luke the Puke go back to his daddy's shop ,and sell shoes?-he has received more than he deserves from appearing on the field as a springbok. Poor man, if you think nobody liked you when you were 'playing' for the springboks,you are right-now even your supporters know what type of person you are. Even the Watson clan and its influence won't be able to get you into the national team now!

  • Faan Roetz - 2008-10-15 10:13

    After being privileged to see one of SA's biggest Super 14 franchises operate for two seasons, I battle to understand the continued racism claims against SA Rugby. SA Rugby is well managed and financially sound, in contrast with the sport types that are managed to the satisfaction of the eternal racism callers. My fears are that Luke and his father, being the trouble makers they reputedly are, are only abused by the Stofiles of SA sport, doing everything they can to get control over the money affairs of SA Rugby. When will they wake up, possibly only when they are rescued from their remote deserted island, like a Japanese soldier once experienced!

  • Ant - 2008-10-15 10:15

    Please stop reporting this slanderous and incorrect information on Luke Watson. I have just read your Transcript of Luke Watson's speech. I think the hype around this matter as reported in the media really is so unfair to the young man. He made a terrific motivational speech to young black rugby players, in private. There is certainly no mention of the word dutchmen anywhere. In fact the media reports are malicious and scandalous. So much anger and hatred has been generated by the media reports, and we all jumped on the band wagon to crucify Luke before verifying the media version. I now completely understand the context of this speech. The "restraining himself from vomiting on the Springbok jersey" refers to his experience at the training camp when he was called up against the wishes of Jake White. How he was shunned by his "fellow players", and how his father had to encourage him to stay on in the Springbok setup "because there is a bigger picture". According to this transcript it is actually Cheeky Watson who said that South African rugby is rotten to the core. For me this speech is actually about Luke Watson motivating young black rugby players to rise above any obstacles that they might be confronted with in their quest for Springbok honours.

  • Nico - 2008-10-15 10:15

    Yes I did read the full Luke speech and still don’t get it. He got lost between his inner and outer man to the point of nauseating on his “trophy”. It seems Luke does not realise that he is one of the minority and that his dad’s air miles buys little privileges when it comes to deliverables measured in results. His anger targets events that have passed its sell-by date. Can he come back from this mess? Perhaps if he go Dutch.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:16

    Hoping "Dutchmen" boycott all Puke Watson's games.

  • andre - 2008-10-15 10:17

    Luke, you are an IDIOT!! You dont deserve to play for the bokke!!

  • andre - 2008-10-15 10:19

    Luke, you are an IDIOT!! You dont deserve to play for the bokke!!

  • kobus - 2008-10-15 10:19

    Can Sport 24 please honour Watsons wishes and not show any photos of him in Springbok clothes,he may puke all over your website

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:22

    I think luke's father is to blame, pushing for Luke to be included as a springbok while knowing that he was not really up to it.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:28

    I think Luke deserves to be barred from playing rugby in South Africa. He obviously thinks he is bigger than the game. If he wanted to be a polititian then why did he waste all those hours training? It has been established in the past that there is no room for politics in sport. It goes against all the team sport principles many of us were taught at school such as comradery, respect for the man competing with and against you etc. Luke has no such respect. Last time I checked "saru" did not appear on any ballad paper. Someone should tell that idiot Luke 'I wanna puke' Watson that it's not there.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:30

    CHANGE HIS NAME TO: PUKE WATSON. He knows that he would not be chosen as a Sprinbok, there are a lot of better players o choose from.

  • Bernard - 2008-10-15 10:31

    Luke never played well in any Springbok side. He should have devoted his energy to playing rugby rather than using his tongue. He will never be missed in any Bok side as we have far better loose forwards in the country than him. He must never ever be given the chance of wearing a Bok jersey again. What a jerk. A true Springbok supporter - Bernard

  • Ryan van Wyk - 2008-10-15 10:35

    is this the same kevin putt who accused matfield of keeping a steel plate in his bandaged arm?

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:37

    I do not understand what's the fuss about Luke Watsons's statements because we all know that white afrikaaners think they own rugby. Everytime a black man was selected we hear them complain, even the coach with all his achievements as the sevens coach he was not welcomed by the white afrikaaners. Maybe Luke went overboard by saying he would like to vomit on his jersey but we all know that rugby is racist and rotten. Even most of its supporters are racist, take the incindent involving a black woman in Lotus stadium. I think South Africa needs to stop kidding itself, we have a long way to go as far as racism in rugby is concerned.

  • Das Haus - 2008-10-15 10:39

    I can't imagine that Luke Watson will ever play in SA again. (Or would want to). Each time he runs out onto the field people are going to hiss and boo at him, even at currie cup level. For his sake I hope he goes away. And hey, being a dutchman aint so bad. It could be worse. A dutchman is a lot better than being a loose tongued fool like Watson.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:40

    I attended the the Chris Burger Petro Jackson fund raiser at Grand West in August.The Springbok team were there and when they made their appearance Luke walked behind the whole team with hands in pockets,one could see by his body language that he really did not want to be part of the team and proceedings.

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  • kobus - 2008-10-15 10:41

    I just wonder how much money Luke and Cheeky and the rest has made out of SA Rugby.I will also tell my son that others bled for him if my pockets are full

  • Vic - 2008-10-15 10:42

    Maybe the real reason why nobody shared a table with Luke was because he really puked on his Bok jersey!!!!!! I am a HUGE Stormers supporter, but I want that Puker out of the Stormers setup!!!

  • Rob - 2008-10-15 10:42

    Who is this fool, Ant that defends Luke Watson. This is not about black and white - it is about the game and the team - leave the politics to the politicians ...............How can someone be allowed to insult the symbol of the national team in such a way. Sarfu should ban him - maybe he can then piss off out of the country and play for a second rate team, and we wont have to hear his drivel.

  • Grant - 2008-10-15 10:42

    Well Ant, you have understood nothing of whats happened or what was said or of the context. Sticking up for Puke after that speech of his shows that.

  • Rob - 2008-10-15 10:43

    Who is this fool, Ant that defends Luke Watson. This is not about black and white - it is about the game and the team - leave the politics to the politicians ...............How can someone be allowed to insult the symbol of the national team in such a way. Sarfu should ban him - maybe he can then piss off out of the country and play for a second rate team, and we wont have to hear his drivel.

  • Grant - 2008-10-15 10:44

    Well Ant, you have understood nothing of whats happened or what was said or of the context. Sticking up for Puke after that speech of his shows that.

  • Andre - 2008-10-15 10:46

    As most true South Africans and Springbok supporter , I am not surprised by "Puke Watson's sorry Luke Watson' " statement as he , has always been a sad , loud mouthed , sun shines out his arse, kind of lacking mentallity boy.Ever since , and most probably before playing club rugby together. I do support transformation that has taken place in SA Rugby , and it is sad to see "Puke " still keeping such talented players of colour out of the WP AND STORMERS side. Go hide your head in shame, you are no role model to kids anymore.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:47

    Why play the race card Luke. Trying to gather brownie points from daddy? Wake up - it's 2008 - apartheid is long gone - get on with it. Luke, rather ask yourself, why after 14 years why is crime out of control, why do so many millions still have no access to the basics such as water, electricity and education? Its because idiots like you keep dwelling on the past instead of trying to make the world a better place now !!

  • Duncan - 2008-10-15 10:48

    With reference to Ant: IF Luke Watson was trying to motivate young blacks to play how would telling them that he wanted to vomit on the jersey help?? I don't see Jongi going around telling everyone how bad the springbok is, but hey he must not be as disadvantaged as poor Luke....

  • Andre - 2008-10-15 10:53

    Hey "Puke Watson.." get out of our transformed country with statements like that.The least you can do is own up to what you said, rather than hiding behind your daddy's lawyers now.##$@@#$$!!!!!!!!!! I would love to say that to your face.....

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:55

    Luke needs to be his own man and not his Daddies - Cheeky and Tracey Watson need to let go - Let Luke be his own man good or bad

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:58

    Luke is just saying what most of the 'not so' priveleged masses are feeling ..... that SA Rugby is still all about the 'SuperMan' Afrikaner mentality - all you guys are good enuff to represent SA. Well wake up - and smell the coffee .... the Springbok belongs to the same historical rubbish dump as apart-hate (sic)

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 10:58

    If what Luke says transpired at the training camp one can hardly blame him. The speech was to young blacks aspiring to be stars. Having read the transcript I see nothing wrong besides the speech being badly written but then rugby players are not motivational talkers or speech writers. Of & get off your hind horse re the "dutchmen" thing. English speakers and Afrikaans speakers have been calling each other Dutchmen & Souties for as long as I can remember. Does it mean we hate each other? I think not!

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 11:00

    Pukey!!!! This is just another classic example of "cutting your own nose to spite your face" - let's accuse all whiteys of racism and hopefully I will get a free ride to another vomiting session, or even better still; Daddy can secure him a place as MP. Stand closer, Pukey, and I will show you a real reason to puke on something, or in your case, someone!!!!!! Or better still - piss off to where myself and other true rugby supporters can't even remember you!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 11:03

    Cant see why you hate Luke so much,his speech was only a motivation speech and media now use it to slap Luke and cheap propaganda to sell their papers.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 11:04

    Sorry, but what an Arsehole

  • Duane - 2008-10-15 11:05

    Puke Watson shame on you, you disgrace yourself in the presence of a nation that has been making stride away from your hate speech. No body died for you or your father for what you can have today. You were white in an apartheid S.A and got the same benefit as all the other whites so eat your Puke Luke. The Springbok emblem is a sign of pride and nationalism and not what you and your brain dead daddy claim. Suck your thumb and go home so daddy can go and change your nappy Puke Luke.

  • Elize Muller - 2008-10-15 11:11

    Luke jy is 'n loser!

  • Herman - 2008-10-15 11:17

    Having read the transcript in detail and giving it a lot of thought afterwards, I felt that I should make a comment. I am definitely not a Luke Fan, but it seems that everybody is jumping on the bandwagon, condemning Luke. However I wonder how many of them actually took time to read what was said. To me it sounded more like a motivational speech from the heart that was totally quoted out of proportion and now he has to take the brunt. Yes, there are portions that I do not agree with, but I feel the transcript should be seen as a whole, and not as single sentences. Having said that, my own, personal opinion is actually totally different. Luke has some big shoes to fill and I do not think that he has the ability to do so. Actions speak louder than words, and that is one department that he totally lacks at this moment. I think that he has the ability to contribute to South African rugby, but first need to change his attitude. I also feel that Luke was done a great injustice when he was made Springbok. At that stage he was not on par with other Springbok players (although he played a very good game) and he knew it. Instead of grabbing the opportunity to silence his critics, it seems that he alienated himself from the rest of the team. Trying to play outside of his abilities has actually had a negative effect on his game. My advice to Luke is to put all this negativity behind him, get his act together and to live his own life, not the life he thinks the public expect. Some people are born leaders and other as followers. Irrespective which one you are, you have to try and be the best at what you do.

  • Carol Shaw - 2008-10-15 11:24

    Poor little Lukey, what an ungrateful little prat, after all his daddy's intimidation and blackmail to get him there, he can't even enjoy it and appreciate it. Ibrahim Rasool must feel like a right toss after proclaiming Lukey Pukey an honorary black man. Let players play themselves into a team. This is what happens when sport gets into bed with politics - an abomination is born - Lukey Pukey!!!!!!

  • Ken. - 2008-10-15 11:25

    The motivational speech for the most part is illiterate.......what sort of power does "Cheeky" Watson have to force his son into a Springbok side??.....the mind boggles....SA have some of the best loose forwards in the world....Luke Watson is NOT test level material and probably never will be. Why all the hype about this immature idiot????

  • Christelle - 2008-10-15 11:29

    Luke and Dad have always been surrounded by controversy where rugby is concerned. Guys, you seem to have a wonderful impact on the already controversial politics in our country -stick to it. Rugby clearly does not seem to be your forte!!

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 11:30

    Watson should rather go play soccer we don’t need players like him in the team, he’s not even that good a player. I would be ashamed to be the only white quota player, daddy pulled some big strings to have him included in the bok team, no wonder he’s not part of SA rugby anymore, poor Watson seems to get verbal spyt poep now and again. Maybe from now on SA rugby should give every player a barf bag and some sea sick tablets with his bok jersey might just cost them money on dry-cleaning.SA rugby should remove him from the Springbok list and take away his right to be known as a bok player. O ja and Luke the people did not bleed for you go look in the mirror

  • David - 2008-10-15 11:30

    Realising his lack of Springbok level ability will soon see him out of the squad could this be his preparation to play the race card or to blame it on apartheid. Koza was right. He's are thinking like one.

  • Anonymous User - 2008-10-15 11:33

    With reference to Anonymous User you are too chicken to attach your name to your comments about the Watson family. You do not know anything about the family (by the way his father Cheeky does not own a shoe store). Do me a favour all of you that are writing all this nonsense about Luke Watson if you do not personally know the man do not make any comment or judge him. Remember those who judge will be judged - were any of you people at the University when Luke made his speech if not - i would suggest you all shut your mouths. We all know how the media likes to over-elaborate on everything, and I agree with Ant nothing was mentioned in Luke's transcription that he called anyone a "Dutchman:. I am pleased to see someone like Luke Watson stand up for his rights and what he beliefs are.

  • Coach-T - 2008-10-15 11:34

    Please can we leave Luke alone.............for someone who was present when he made the speech, im very disgusted at the media........Please there's better things to worry about than this..............If Luke is to be charged with miscondust or anyform of punishment...then i suggest that the Craven Week be scrapped becoz its named after another Racist 'boer'......