Money, fame, hanging around famous people and access to lavish parties can be overwhelming. The high profile life tends to get in the head of the players, and they find themselves in a tight end. Footballers, more so Premier League players are known to land themselves in hot water from time to time.
From misleading tweets to a boozy night out in the club, they can’t seem to kick off the habit. Premier League players enjoy a parade of endorsements. Coupled with their multimillion contracts, it fuels their classy lifestyle. For some, their shortfalls come back to bite them. Here are five current and former Premier League players who have locked heads with the law.
Jermaine Pennant— Drink Driving
The former Stoke and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant was issued a 16-month driving ban on February 2004. The player was caught in Paddington, West London driving under the influence. On 23 January 2005, he was again caught drink driving and driving without insurances while serving his ban after the first offence. Jermaine crashed into a lamppost in Aylesbury with his Mercedes which led to questioning.
During the questioning, he claimed to be his friend, Ashley Cole. He was sentenced to 90 days in prison and later released after 30 days and resumed playing for Birmingham FC. Pennant wore an electronic tag throughout the period. During his trial, it emerged that he was illiterate. Jermaine’s criminal record is “colourful” one filled with a series of drink driving, tickets, license suspension, and short-term jail sentences.
Adam Johnson – Grooming and Sexual Assault
On March 2016 Adam Johnson was charged and sentenced for grooming and sexual assault of an underage child. The sentence came two months after Sunderland F.C sacked him. The team sacked him after pleading guilty to the charges. During the trial, the judge mentioned the significant impact the ruling would have on his career. He also said it was entirely his fault.
Joey Barton – Violent and Cowardly Acts
Joey is known for his violent actions on and off the pitch. The once Youth Player of the Year winner’s career went downhill following several assaults and altercations. From breaking a pedestrian’s leg to poking a teammate’s eye with a lit cigarette, to hacking other players, his is a long list of violent offences.
The first conviction for the former Manchester City player came after he brutally assaulted a man under the influence of more than 10 pints of lager. He served two and a half months shortly followed by a four months sentence after assaulting his teammate Ousmane Dabo. This further led to 200 hours of community service and a ban from the FA.
Eric Cantona – Crossing the Line
During a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, the Manchester United forward lost control and went ballistic on Matthew Simmons a Palace supporter. He crossed the line in every sense and threw himself feet first at the fan who at the time was hurling insults at him.
The French press had previously dabbed him as Le Brat after he received a month ban for kicking the ball off the pitch and throwing his shirt at a referee. Eric’s nerve had been frayed after being sent off at Selhurst Park. He had a fuse on him, and Matthew Simmons undoubtedly triggered it. An astounding event, even by football’s melodrama standards. Cantona served 120 hours of community service.
Ronnie Wallwork – Selling Stolen Expensive Car Parts
Wallwork had his fair share of the spotlight before hanging up his boots. He had the opportunity of playing alongside the greats of the game such as Paul Scholes and David Beckham. At a young age of 20, when he first debuted at Manchester United’s first team, there were not enough superlatives to describe how glittery his career was. Three years after he retired, Wallwork was jailed for selling parts from previously stolen expensive cars. He was jailed for 15 months. He admitted to having stolen a car belonging to a finance company in August 2014.