Cape Town – Controversial rugby player Luke Watson has publicly apologised for a racist outburst five years ago.
The captain of the new EP Kings Super 15 franchise was for years loved as the son of the anti-apartheid rugby campaigner Cheeky Watson, but was equally reviled by the primarily white rugby establishment.
This reached unprecedented levels of hatred when, in October 2008, Watson was reported as saying: “Rugby in SA is rotten to the core and is again run by Dutchmen.”
In the subsequent brouhaha, Watson denied saying the words, but on 567 Cape Talk, speaking to host Udo Carelse on SportsTalk on Sunday night, he said: “It is the one thing in my life that I regret more than anything.
“In a heated moment, I took out my anger, all the hurt and tough times I’ve been through in my life, and … I used those words.”