Kurt Zouma Speaks Publicly for The First Time on Controversial Cat Kicking Incident

Kurt Zouma Speaks Publicly for The First Time on Controversial Cat Kicking Incident

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
  • Kurt Zouma has opened up publicly for the first time on his controversial cat incident earlier in the year
  • The West Ham defender almost ruined his career after he was filmed kicking his pet cat in disturbing footage that went viral
  • He pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and was banned from keeping cats for five years

West Ham centre-back Kurt Zouma has opened up for the first time on his viral and controversial video showing him kicking a cat in February 2022

Zouma was the subject of mass criticism on social media after a disturbing video showed him abusing his pet.

What ensued was a series of sanctions against Zouma as he lost sponsorships and was subsequently fined by West Ham.

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Kurt Zouma apologised again for an incident in February where he kicked his cat. Photo: Sky Sports.
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Interestingly, West Ham boss David Moyes still maintained Zouma in the squad, albeit controversially.

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Nine months after the incident and Zouma could afford to speak on the incident for the first time.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the French defender admitter he was wrong for his actions, adding that it has been a difficult period for him ever since.

"It's been a difficult spell for me and my family. Obviously I have done something very bad and I apologise for what I have done. He said.
"I know it was very tough for people to watch and see that and obviously I feel very, very sorry and I have great remorse about it. Now I am trying to move on with my family and I'm looking ahead.

Soon after the incident, the RSPCA which is the largest Animal Welfare Charity in the UK, took away Zouma’s cats.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.