Patrick Shai apologises to Cassper Nyovest and his mom - 'I was wrong, disrespectful, and insensitive'

Veteran actor Patrick Shai says he is sorry for the words he used when challenging Cassper Nyovest.
Veteran actor Patrick Shai says he is sorry for the words he used when challenging Cassper Nyovest.
Frennie Shivambu

When he did a video challenging rapper Cassper Nyovest to a boxing match, South Africans were perplexed.

It wasn’t the fight they had questions about, but the language he used in challenging the musician.

Actor Patrick Shai is now completely remorseful after his 'joke' was deemed in bad taste by fans and Cassper.

In his video, he challenged Cassper and used vulgar language that involved the rapper’s mom.

Since then, Cassper has also spoken out about how it’s too much for people to actually involve his mom or the mother of his child when they want ‘come at him’.

Patrick tells Drum he’s sorry for everything.

“I don’t want to make an excuse, I want to say in I was wrong, disrespectful, and insensitive it makes me feel bad. I don’t blame the responses because I should’ve known better. I got carried away in the euphoria of excitement and that sentence came out,” he says.

“I am prepared to face the consequences to remedy the situation because it has caused quite a lot of damage and brought a lot of hurt to South Africa, Cassper, his mother, his family, and every woman in the country and I wish I could have enough words of wisdom to construct an apology that is acceptable.”

The former Yizo-Yizo actor angered a lot of people by using profanity to a woman he has never met.

Patrick says there is a lot of play in that video because Cassper is currently the hottest celeb out there who has the boxing exhibition matches that he hosts. He thought he could help to advance another big issue, which is gender-based violence (GBV), that he advocates for using that platform.

“The intention was to chuck in there the narrative of GBV and find a way to open a conversation within the entertainment industry and amongst celebrities.  This to highlight that we did not take a stand as a collective to talk about this problem and that is when the idea of challenging him came up and then I took that video.”

Patrick says where he went wrong is where he cursed Cassper’s mother which was out of line and he shouldn’t have crossed that line. He wanted to spark a conversation amongst young people in the industry as a former perpetrator of GBV, and profusely apologised for doing something else instead.

“There is not enough apology that can erase the foul words on my mouth, that was off and I shouldn’t have said that because it also goes against what I stand for. It was wrong of me to do that and I should’ve known better. I am filled with regret and shame because of the last statement, it was trash talking but I should’ve checked it before I posted. It was meant to make people laugh but it took a wrong turn,” he says.

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