Jack Grealish’s Previous
In the past MOMS hasn’t bothered commenting on the off-the-pitch antics of Jack Grealish. First of all, it’s his life and secondly I could never understand all the press hype (outside of the Villa fraternity) about him. He was in the national papers before he’d started a game for the first team and most of the journalists who wrote about him had never seen him even play. It was a lot of unnecessary pressure for the lad.
I had seen the pictures of the summer’s Tenerife incident early doors, but for Grealish’s sake (he was just having a laugh on a summer holiday) I didn’t even mention it on social media on the off-chance it would blow over. The problem is though, with social media it’s impossible to suppress such things.
The irony is those who retweeted and discussed on Twitter the pictures of Grealish passed out on a Tenerife street, which inadvertently broke it to the press, were then trolling and being nasty to the girl who had found Grealish outside her apartment and later tweeted him a pic as a good-natured joke. She wasn’t courting attention, she could have sold the pics for thousands, if she was that way inclined. At the time, she and her boyfriend had checked if he was ok, even though in Tenerife you’re stepping over drunk English people all the time. They only realised it was Jack later on, when they saw a friend’s picture with him earlier in the night.
The Tenerife incident only raised one question in my book, which was, what were Jack’s wing men (including his brother) doing leaving Jack in that position in the first place? Due to his very public profession they need to have his back in such situations, the latest being the press coverage from his night out after the 4-0 Everton defeat.
Whoever filmed Grealish in the video of him singing on the night out, which the media have built their stories around, is either naive or can’t be trusted. Grealish has done nothing wrong in the video – unless karaoke/lip-syncing is a crime? – but the press is the press.
The Daily Mail, who broke the story, have already run several stories on the incident, amping it up at every opportunity, even comparing Grealish to both Paul Gascoigne and George Best’s fall from grace.
The Daily Mail actually contacted MOMS for a fan’s view on the matter. I think they perhaps half-expected fans to join in the barracking of the player. While I was initially asked to tone down what I said about the media (i.e. them), to their credit, the Mail ran the following words I sent them, which is below for those who understandably have issues with clicking on the Daily Mail links (the mention of Gascoigne and Best, are references to some of the stories they’ve run).
The MOMS Daily Mail Jack Grealish Article
Unless your name is James Milner, if you’re a Premier League footballer, the likelihood is you’ll enjoy a post-match drink on a Saturday night. With the wages you command, you’re able to splash the cash at fancy places and stick sparklers into bottles of champagne. It’s no big deal.
The reports of 20-year-old Jack Grealish having a night with his friends after Aston Villa’s 4-0 defeat against Everton have perhaps been overcooked somewhat. The only evidence of Grealish’s so-called excesses on his night out extend to a video of him in a club singing to camera, which doesn’t exactly warrant comparisons to Paul Gascoigne’s fall from grace. Also, if you’re a friend of Grealish, does that mean you’re not allowed to have a drink or any fun while in his company?
But, Grealish has been chastised for having fun before, so he should have already learnt the lesson of what people don’t know doesn’t hurt them, and what they do know can get relentlessly exaggerated.
The timing is not ideal for his new manager Remi Garde, who will want total focus from his players on Villa’s current relegation zone plight; escape from which, pundits are increasingly viewing as mission impossible. The new French manager has sent Grealish to train with the Under-21s after his latest boozy night out.