Shared on his Twitter page, with an emotional video. The 44-year-old retired Rugby Star opened up about a homophobic assault he experienced on the evening of November 16th in his home town of Cardiff. The assaulter was a 16-year-old boy who was promptly apprehended by police.

Appearing visibly shaken on video with a bruised and cut face, Thomas shared his feelings on the experience…

“This morning I have decided to make what I hope will be a positive video. Last night I was the victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality. Why I want it to be positive: I want to say thank you to the police, who were involved and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people that did this because I thought they could learn more that way. And also, to the people of Cardiff who supported me and helped me because there’s a lot of people out there who want to hurt us. But, unfortunately for them, there’s a lot more who want to help us heal. So this, I hope, will be a positive message.”

Restorative Justice in this context refers to bringing education and awareness to the offender through reconciliation with the victims and community. The South Wales Police have confirmed that the 16-year-old boy has since admitted to the assault apologized for his actions. In addition, the South Wales Police have reminded that…

“Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority.”

Gareth Thomas was the first International Rugby Union athlete to come out as openly gay, when he did so in 2009. Thomas then retired in 2011 after earning more than 100 caps and 200 points for Wales.

By Dirk Smith