- Totalsports has faced backlash from a few Springbok fans after their removal of Eben Etzebeth posters
- The store released a statement wishing to distance themselves from the controversy
- Some took to social media to express their anger at the premature decision
Totalsports have faced backlash after they confirmed removing images of controversial Springbok player Eben Etzebeth from all their shops. Some customers felt that the store was too premature in their judgement.
This decision comes after Etzebeth was allegedly involved in an incident of racism. Briefly.co.za previously reported that the alleged racist assault scandal that took place in Langebaan on the eve of the Rugby World Cup opening. The SAHRC previously confirmed that it would be taking Etzebeth to the Equality Court to ensure that justice was served. However, Etzebeth has hit back as his lawyers served the SAHRC in a bid to prevent the case from going to the Equality Court.
Etzebeth strongly denied the allegations, but many supporters feel that the lock should have been removed from the current squad.
The player has not been dropped from the squad. He played in the semi-finals against Wales on Sunday and is expected to play in the final over the weekend.
Totalsports, however, remains firm in their resolve to shut out the player from their stores in the midst of his controversy. In a statement released on Monday, the sportswear dealership said that the controversy surrounding Etzebeth has been felt in their stores.
“As a brand, we don’t do controversies, we do sport – so we have made the decision to remove his poster."
Totalsports insisted that they were not passing judgement but instead wanted to make everyone feel comfortable.
Suffice it to say, some did not take kindly to this decision. A few social media users were upset and let their complaints be known. The handful of angry fans believed that Eben was deemed guilty before trial.
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