South African newspaper apologizes to Mike Holding

February 24, 2018 2:04 AM

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South African newspaper apologizes to Mike Holding

The News24 newspaper in South Africa was forced to withdraw and apologize for a controversial article about West Indies and Jamaican cricket legend Michael Holding. the article titled "holding hypocrisy" called the former cricketing great a "cheat" and described his wife as a "balding lumpy porker brown Arawak native from Antigua".

The attack on Holding drew immediate condemnation from readers on facebook and twitter and it was subsequently deleted by News24. But those outraged, said they want action taken on the guilty party who published the piece.

Veteran South African journalist Niren Tolsi said he wanted to know who "was responsible for publishing a vile, hateful, sexist, racist letter" to News24 about the West Indian cricket legend. Holding is currently in South Africa, as part of the Supersport Cricket commentary team. The article was published in the Mynews24 section – where "stories come from users". In this case, an author named Jason Stoneman had allegedly penned the piece.


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