Tue 12 May 2009
This week has seen another professional footballer hitting the headlines following some drunken escapades on a night out.
This time the player in question is Ledley King, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur but in the recent past we have seen similar stuff from players on the books of various clubs.
Of course, it often seems to be players of London clubs making most of the news but then again most of the paparazzi frequent the capital’s hotspots so I guess that shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
I suppose it’s normal for young guys to head out for a few drinks with their mates and for things to go a bit too far from time to time - whether you are famous or not.
Does that make it right though?
These players earn an absolute fortune, and any money earned from sponsorship or from endorsing certain products must be taken in the knowledge that you are now an ambassader for that brand or that club which means you are a role model for young kids whether you like it or not.
If you don’t want that responsibility, don’t sign the deal.
King’s manager, Harry Redknapp has come out today saying that the drinking has to stop.
Of course there’s little he can do for those players he doesn’t control, but as far as Spurs are concerned things will be changing for next season with a ban on alcohol coming into effect.
It’s easy to say things like that, and I’ll be interested to see if this plan comes to fruition.
These guys train hard and eat all the right things, as dictated by their club, so Redknapp’s argument is that they shouldn’t then pollute their bodies with toxins by pouring litres of alcohol down their throats on nights out.
He likens it to putting diesel in a Ferrari, it’s just not right.
Good on you Harry, I’ll drink to that.