Watson apologises for gesture at Champs

May 17, 2021
Petersfield High School's Antonio Watson (left) celebrates with a gun-finger salute as he crosses the finish line ahead of Edwin Allen High School's Bryan Levell in the Class One 200m final during the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Antonio Watson, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Athletics Championships Class One 200m winner has apologised for a gesture he made towards the end of the race at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Watson, a student of Petersfield High School, gestured in the shape of a gun and pretended to fire a shot as he passed Edwin Allen High School's Bryan Levell at the finish line.

The incident has been met with public criticism.

In statement yesterday, Watson said that Champs 2021 was a success but he recognises that his behaviour could jeopardise that.

"I therefore want to unreservedly apologise to all the stakeholders, my school, fans, and family for my actions," he said.

"I have taken full responsibility for such actions as it is in no way a reflection of the ethos of my school, the principles of my coach or the position of ISSA or any of the sponsors.

"Upon reflection, I recognise that my gestures could have been misleading and I have no desire to negatively influence others. In fact, going forward, I aspire to demonstrate positive behaviours and attitudes that will inspire countless young Jamaicans to strive for excellence and make our country a true beacon of what is good in this world."

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