Luke Watson full of regrets
January 31, 2013, 21:24:18
Watson full of regrets
Kings skipper Luke Watson has
and expressed shame and
some of his controversial statements
landed him in trouble a few
Watson admitted for the first time
that he said
South African rugby was ‘run by Dutchmen’
but was remorseful about the comment.
"I have tried to deny it in the past, but the fact
of the matter is I slipped up and made a
mistake," he told SportsTalk in a radio interview.
"In a heated debate and discussion, I used those words.
"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.
"It’s 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."
The former Springbok loose forward revealed that it
had not been his intention to discriminate
against Afrikaans people but that he
wanted to highlight the imbalances and
the inequality which he believed existed in
South African rugby.
"I never meant it in that regard," he explained.
"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
Watson said he is committed to doing his best to
promote top flight rugby in the Eastern Cape and wants
to make a "constructive contribution" and be a
"good role model" for young rugby players in the future.