After a prank on British Prime Minister David Cameron, professional English rugby player Manu Tuilagi apologized on Twitter Monday and reportedly also plans to send a personal letter to the politician.
Cameron welcomed Tuilagi, 22, and the rest of the British and Irish Lions rugby team Monday at Downing Street to honor their recent win over Australia when, during a photo op, Tuilagi stuck his fingers behind Cameron's head and gave him "bunny ears."
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The lighthearted prank drew a laugh from some Twitter users.
But others were outraged at Tuilagi's actions, most notably former English rugby star Brian Moore.
"My real objection is it wasn't very inventive," Moore told talkSPORT.
"People are saying they are offended. Are they really offended, or is it more a case of Tuilagi being an absolute prat again and taking the attention away from his teammates? He has been a complete and utter prat. He ought to grow up, it's as simple as that, but people saying they are offended, are they really offended?"
Tuilagi posted an apology on Twitter late Monday and is reportedly also sending a written apology to Cameron.
"It was stupid. He is a young lad but he should know better," Richard Cockerill, director of rugby for the Leicester Tigers, where Tuilagi will play this coming season, told The Telegraph.
"I have reminded him of his responsibilities this morning. I understand that he apologized on Twitter last night but he is writing a personal letter to the Prime Minister to apologize for his behavior and rightly so."
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