I am a huge Blue Bulls fan so a couple of years ago when Bryan Habana joined the Bulls I was delighted; I instantly knew this kid was going to go places. This prompted me to register BryanHabana.com. I tried on several occasions to get Bryan Habana through Bernie (his dad also his agent) involved to no avail. Bernie only saw the negatives and moaned about everything. I never took/made a cent for all my troubles although I explained to Bernie many times that a website with their input could be profitable to them. But Bernie struggled with this concept.
Part of the website was a “Write to Bryan” webpage. We had thousands of awesome letters to Bryan, especially during the Rugby World Cup. I had already started working on a Letters to Bryan Habana book that I wanted to present to him. Again I would have done this at my own cost and I would not have made a cent from all of this. It was just something I thought he would want to see and with his attitude and what he has done for SA I would have been honoured to make the effort.
However yesterday, Don MacRobert, an attorney/lawyer threatened me with legal action!! To be honest I was getting no joy whatsoever from the site anymore. It started feeling more and more like “stank vir dank”. So I have shut down the number 1 search result for Bryan Habana for good. It was something I did with the best intentions, but it has turned sour for me. I don’t blame Bryan at all though; I never had any contact with him personally. But to say that Bernie Habana is my favourite person would be a lie. 🙂
I have subsequently heard from other well-informed sources that Bernie is a notoriously difficult individual. Apparently he insists on attending Blue Bulls team talks and he is the only non team member allowed in because of Bryan’s value to the team. This and other ‘interferences’ have made Bernie unpopular at Loftus. I have also heard Bryan himself sees Bernie as a little bit of an embarrassment, although this source is questionable.
I think Bernie Habana is delusional about his own importance. I think he loves to be The Man instead of realising he is The Meddling Father and Bryan is actually The Man. Also, I think Bernie should take heed of the saying You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I don’t like Bernie Habana. The phrase “pompous ass” comes to mind.