Souths co-owner Russell Crowe has apologised for berating five-eighth Luke Keary during a team bonding session last month.
Crowe took to social media to say sorry after Seven News reported Keary had stormed out of the session at the Oscar-winning actor's property at Coffs Harbour after being chided for his performance in 2015.
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It is believed the entire team was criticised for their performances last season by Crowe, but Keary had been singled out after the boozy session.
"Luke Keary situation entirely my fault," Crowe tweeted on Wednesday.
"A bit of banter that went too far. I've apologised.
"He is a natural leader and great for our club."
Keary, 23, played 24 matches for Souths last season, scoring four tries.
He is off contract at the end of the season and has reportedly attracted interest from other clubs.
Luke Keary situation entirely my fault. A bit of banter that went too far. I've apologised. He is a natural leader and great for our club.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 19, 2016