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Watch: Out Rugby Player Gareth Thomas Says He's 'the Victim of a Hate Crime'

Monday November 19, 2018

Former Whales rugby captain Gareth Thomas, who made international headlines when he came out as gay in 2009, took to Twitter Sunday and told his fans he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime, the BBC reports.

Sharing a video on Twitter, a bruised Thomas, 44, said he was the targeted because he's gay.

"Last night I was a victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality," he said in the video. "Why do I want it to be positive? Because I want to say thank you to the police who were involved, who were very helpful and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people who did this because I thought they could learn more that way than any other 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," he went on to say. "But, unfortunately for them, there is a lot more that want to help us heal. So this, I hope, will be a positive message."

In a statement Cardiff police said the incident happened on Friday, Nov. 16.

"We can confirm a local 16-year-old boy was dealt with by way of Restorative justice following the incident at around 9pm," the police said. "Restorative justice was at the request of Mr. Thomas and accepted by the teenager who admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions.

"Restorative justice is about putting victim needs at the centre of the criminal justice system, finding positive solutions to crime and encouraging young people to be accountable for the consequences of their actions," the statement goes on to say. "A hate crime is any crime motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity. Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police."

Watch Thomas's video bellow and also check out the police's statement, also below.

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