Russell Crowe apologises for abusing star player at team drinking session

The South Sydney Rabbitohs co-owner admitted he crossed the line when singling out Luke Keary in front of his team-mates.

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RUSSELL CROWE HAS been forced to publicly apologise to one of his South Sydney Rabbitohs stars for targeting him with a tirade of abuse at a pre-season drinking session.

The Hollywood superstar, who co-owns the rugby league club, has admitted that he crossed the line when accusing star halfback Luke Keary of under-performing last season, in front of his team-mates.

Keary scored four tries in 24 games as the Rabbitohs’ title defence ended with a whimper in 2015.

Crowe singled out a number of players for abuse during the session but reserved the brunt of his outrage for Keary. The abuse was too much for the 23-year-old, who stormed out of Crowe’s property in Coffs Harbour, 540km north of Sydney.

After the December incident reached mainstream media, Crowe was quick to hold his hand up.

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Keary, along with Leinster’s Ben Te’o and England rugby union flop Sam Burgess, was a key member of the Rabbitohs side that won the NRL in 2014, ending a 43-year drought for Crowe’s beloved club.

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