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SJN Hearings: Boucher Apologizes For Offensive Songs

South Africa’s head coach, Mark Boucher, has conceded that the national team culture was exclusionary and disrespectful during his playing days, but blamed it on a lack of “maturity and consciousness,” and apologized for his role in othering team-mates.

He stated that he is committed to establishing a more inclusive environment in the future. Boucher submitted a 14-page affidavit to Cricket South Africa’s Social Justice and Nation-Building committee with a “general response” to allegations of racial discrimination leveled against him and intends to submit a second supplementary affidavit dealing with specific issues following the hearings.

Boucher did, however, expand on the charges made by Paul Adams, who told the SJN that he was nicknamed brown s*** by his teammates in the late 1990s, including Boucher. In the case of Boucher,  “can categorically say that did not give Mr. Adams the name ‘brown s***’ and “does not know who gave him the name,

“He admitted that he was part of a group of players that sung a song in which Adams was referred to as “brown s***” at fines’ meetings and that some of what happened at the post-match celebrations was “absolutely improper, unprofessional, and predictably upsetting.”  Boucher said he “deeply regrets and apologies for the part I played in joining in with my team-mates in singing offensive songs or using offensive nicknames.”

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