PdV book a ‘self-serving hack job’
29 May 2012
Cheeky Watson and Cedric Frolick have slammed Peter de Villiers for telling ‘an untrue little tale’ in his recently released autobiography.
In Politically Incorrect,which was co-written by Gavin Rich, the former Springbok coach accuses Frolick, who served as deputy chairman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on sport, of trying to have him sacked as Bok coach, and says Frolick and EPRFU president Cheeky Watson may have been behind the sex tape scandal that made headlines in 2008.
Frolick and Watson released a joint statement denying the allegations.
‘[They] are made on the basis of what he was purportedly told by an individual [former Springbok media man Chris Hewitt] who is no longer available to confirm or deny these contentions [Hewitt was killed in a plane crash in October 2008 soon after leaving Saru] and are not surprisingly unsupported by any solid or corroboratory evidence. If it is true that this theory was in fact promoted to him, it is repeated uncritically and without regard to the motives of the promoter.
‘In the event, the allegations regarding us are not only devoid of truth but are highly defamatory. Our rights to pursue the appropriate legal action against De Villiers and his publishers are reserved.
‘It is unfortunate indeed that De Villiers has seen fit to stoop to the mechanism of concocting this scurrilous and untrue little tale in order to engender cheap publicity for what at first blush appears to be a turgid and self-serving hack job designed to exploit what little interest may remain in him amongst the public in South Africa.’