Jantjies refutes the allegations
Elton Jantjies has released a statement saying that while he admits he did Springbok shirt shaming, he denies having an affair with the team’s dietician.
Jantjies returned home from Team Bok after reporting accusations of, among other things, having an affair with Team dietician Zeenat Simjee.
According to an article in the weekly Afrikaans, Report46 Test pivot Bok is said to have spent a romantic and tumultuous night with Simjee at a guesthouse the week before the Test against the All Blacks at Nelspruit in August.
It is unusual for players not to be accommodated at the team hotel the week of a match and in that case Jantjies would have been with Simjee. Playmaker Bok, 32, is married to Iva Ristic, the mother of his three children.
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Ristic has since responded to the allegations, slamming Bok’s management team. “It is very concerning for all Springbok wives, as none of us knew that this behavior does not break any rules, and it is taken lightly,” she said.
“It’s very disappointing for a World Cup-winning management to allow situations like this to arise in the team environment.”
Now, apparently via a statement, Jantjies has denied having an affair with Simjee.
“Springbok dietitian Zeenat Simjee has never been with me at either of the two guesthouses I have stayed at. She’s a good friend and nothing more. That his good name is now being dragged through the mud is a disgrace,” his statement read.
“I don’t want to say much about the newspaper article except that it contains many untruths and half-truths.
“I will now focus on getting my life and career back on track and wish to do so privately, so that will be my only statement on that.”
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Jantjies issued an apology and expressed regret, but did not admit to any of the allegations.
“I am aware that the newspaper articles about my recent behavior have caused many people great disappointment, distress and anger, and I unreservedly apologize to anyone I have hurt or disappointed, my teammates , the Springbok management team and SA Rugby. I would also like to apologize to the management and team of my club in Japan, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes,” he said.
“I have sadly let myself, my family and the rugby lovers of this country down and I deeply regret my actions. I did not do the Springbok shirt proud.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and am serious about doing everything in my power to change my behavior. I want to restore the trust of those close to me and regain the trust of the public. I hope that I I can rebuild those relationships that have been damaged or broken.
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