Gay-friendly British rugby star Ben Cohen has claimed sports brand Reebok dropped their sponsorship deal with Welsh rugby international Gareth Thomas because he came out as gay. He was speaking at a debate at Britain’s National Student Pride today (2 March). The panel session on homophobia in sport also featured former Premiership footballer Graeme Le Saux who explained how he became the victim of homophobia in soccer, despite being straight. He said Thomas had told him Reebok cancelled their sponsorship deal with him because he revealed his sexuality in 2009.
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OOPS. He has apologized…….
My most sincere apologies to @reebokuk. The claims I made about Gareth Thomas’ contract were untrue. I was mistaken and I apologise. Ben
Gareth Thomas Business Partner Is A Fugitive From Justice In South Africa – Stole 1.4 Million Bucks.
I fucking knew there was something strange about Sean Smith when he started sending me emails saying he was Gareth Thomas’s partner after Gareth had denied it. But now all this shit has come out……
RUGBY legend Gareth Thomas is expected to be stunned by revelations a friend he started a business with is WANTED over alleged swindles of £1.4million.
But the People can exclusively reveal Smith fled justice more than two years ago after persuading magistrates in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to release him on bail because he had HIV and feared dying in prison.
He was helped by a clinical psychologist who testified to the court that Smith, 42, was HIV positive. It is believed he contracted the virus from an infected needle.
At the time Smith was awaiting trial over 14 charges of fraud and theft totalling £1.4million.
The judge who let him out came to the decision after being told the police had confiscated his UK citizen’s travel documents.
But once he was free Smith went to the British consulate and managed to persuade officials to give him a replacement passport.
Before leaving the country he emailed his lawyer in South Africa saying he was going to Australia. Soon afterwards a warrant for his arrest was issued.