- Aswin Willemse walked off the set after a verbal altercation with Nick Mallet
- The two were discussing quota players in rugby which seemed to anger Willemse
- Supersport will investigate the incident and said that they take situation very seriously
Ashwin Willemse, a former Springbok wing and a Supersport analyst, walked off the set during a live broadcast on Saturday night after exchanging heated words with former Springbok coach Nick Mallet.
It is not certain what triggered Willemse to storm off after the rugby match between the Lions and Brumbies. Whatever angered Willemse was enough to make him walk off the set during the live broadcast.
Briefly.co.za saw that in Video clips posted on social media Willemse said that he was “not going to be patronised by two individuals who played in apartheid”, referring to Mallett and Botha, who were Springboks in the 1980s."
“You see, I think it’s important for me because you know, I’ve played this game for a long time, like all of us here,” Willemse said.
“And as a player, I was labelled a quota player for a long time. I worked hard to earn my own respect in this game.
“So, I’m not going to be patronised by two individuals who played in apartheid – a segregated era – and come and want to undermine…
“So, I think for me, I’ve had my fair share. I can’t work with people that undermine other people. And you can sit and you can laugh about it (I’m not laughing about it, says Mallett), but you know exactly what happened.
“And it’s fine, it’s fine. I don’t mind being ridiculous. I’m glad it happens on air so that people can see, (Ash) because you two sit here – no, it’s fine.”
Motshidisi Mohono, one of the presenters on Supersport said: “Well, that’s unfortunate, because the match was going so well, and so was our conversation.”
Requests for comments by Willemse have gone unanswered. Supersport has issued a statement that they are aware of the incident and are investigating the matter.
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