Raheem Sterling (Getty Images)
More recently it was his new gun tattoo, a tribute to his father who died when Sterling was two years old, that hit the headlines.
The England and Manchester City player revealed the inking at training as the national team continued their preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next month.
From calling Sterling a “footie idiot' to accusing him of being greedy for asking for a raise, the headlines seemed to paint a bad picture of how certain media houses report on the 23-year-old.
Earlier this week Sterling took to social media to explain the message behind his new tattoo.
"When I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time [sic],” he posted on Instagram stories. "I shoot with my right foot, so it has a deeper meaning and still unfinished.”
However, while reporting on this Sky Sports misquoted the line in a graphic on their news show, adding the word “again”. Their version read, “I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun again in my lifetime.”
After getting backlash for the error, the show apologised for misquoting the player.
“Last night we made a mistake in our reporting of Raheem Sterling’s statement on his tattoo. We apologise for this error and any distress it has caused Raheem and his family,” Sky Sports wrote, according to The Independent.