Aston Villa centre back Joleon Lescott found himself at the centre of yet another social media storm Tuesday night after supposedly offering out a fan during a heated exchange of words on the player’s Instagram account.
‘I’m at the training ground tomorrow. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come down and try. FACT YOU WONT’ read his venomous reply to the aggrieved Villa fan on the popular photo sharing platform on Tuesday.
In the aftermath of the 33-year-old’s rather embarrassing Twitter antics just three days previous (although perhaps not as embarrassing as the performance he put in on Sunday) it’s clear the self-confessed boyhood fan of Aston Villa is already past the point of caring just half a year into his likely short-lived and forgettable stay with the club.
After accepting that relegation is an almost cast-iron certainty for our floundering club this season, the general consensus amongst Villa fans we’ve spoken to seems to be ‘sayanora, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.’
And why should it be any different?
Whilst the blame for Sunday’s humiliating defeat against Liverpool lies with all eleven players who pulled on a Villa shirt that afternoon, Lescott, a supposed role model to young fans and an ambassador for the club took to social media straight after the game to do the most childish, irresponsible and unprofessional thing ever.
It beggars belief that a man who has made nothing short of a small fortune doing a job he loves, a job that is actualised by so many yet achieved by so few would choose to rub the fans’ noses in it in the way that he did.
Posting a picture of a £100,000 Mercedes to mock the very fans that have just shelled out large portions of their own pay packets to come and see you perform horrifically at your own job isn’t the way to behave in any walk of life. Neither is gloating about your supposed ‘model wife’ and then, after having second thoughts about your rash outburst, citing the lamest of excuses this side of the 21st century as a reason as to why it happened in the first place.
For us, the centre back’s only chance of redemption this season was for him to own to what he’d done Sunday afternoon and face the consequences like a man. But after Tuesday evening’s tantrum, it is clear Lescott is only concerned with adding fuel to the fire, even dishing out further abuse to Talk Sport pundit and former Villa striker Stan Collymore, labelling him a tool.
Has the former Man City, Everton, West Brom and Wolves man gone too far? For us, the answer couldn’t be clearer.
In an age where being held accountable for your actions still seems to be an anomaly for the modern-day footballer, we hope we never get to see Joleon Lescott put on a Villa shirt again.