English Premiership

Arsenal legend Wright slams irresponsible Grealish

2020-04-01 11:00
Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish (PA Images)

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has slammed Jack Grealish for flouting the United Kingdom's lockdown laws.

Grealish said on Monday how he was "deeply embarrassed" after he "stupidly agreed" to go to a friend's house this weekend during the coronavirus lockdown

West Midlands Police said they were called just before 10:00 on Sunday to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull to reports that a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars in the street, causing them minor damage.

The force said the driver had left his details with a member of the public before leaving on foot and would be spoken to by police in due course.

Images surfaced online on Sunday of a damaged white Range Rover, as well as a picture that appeared to show the Villa midfielder in slippers and a bright blue hoodie.

Less than 24 hours before the incident, the 24-year-old Grealish had launched a video appeal for people to stay at home during the Government-enforced lockdown.

"I am gutted because people could have been hurt, that is the thing," Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"People do not realise, not just with what is going on, but people could have been hurt and I hope that he is sitting somewhere now realising the enormity of the mistake he has made – that is all I am hoping.

"I have messaged him, so he knows how I feel. I am very, very angry about it. He came up from the Championship with the weight of Aston Villa and all their expectations on him, and let’s face it, with the way that he has played this season, he has answered everything to carry that club.

"People think as a professional footballer you make a mistake, but no, the reason you are a professional footballer is that you have to lead by example. He is linked with a massive club in Manchester United, so you think to yourself that you have to act accordingly.

"It doesn't matter if you are 24, you have to act accordingly, and I hope that this isn't something that is going to cause him a lot of problems. I really do hope that."

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