Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool legend who is now a popular TV commentator, has been suspended by Sky Sports for this video of him spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl whose father had been heckling Carragher while the two men were driving.
The Mirror’s video, via the Guardian, has absolutely riveting audio:
The spitting happened after Saturday’s Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry match which United won, 2-1. After the video went public, Carragher said he contacted the spitting victims and apologized for what he later called the “worst mistake” in his 20-plus years as a public figure. Here’s how Carragher explained his actions in part, from the Guardian:
“I’ll speak to the family again. I’m sorry. I’ll apologise again today properly,” he said. When asked if he had seen the girl in the car, Carragher replied: “I didn’t to be honest, she was leant back. I wish she wasn’t involved. I hate that she was involved more than anything.”
He also tweeted an apology after the story first broke:
Carragher also went on Sky News and answered more questions about his behavior, apologizing once again and calling his act a “moment of madness” that he couldn’t fully explain. He hoped that the “disgusting” incident wouldn’t define him in the eyes of the public:
Sky Sports suspended him today while it decides on a formal punishment, and released the following statement:
“Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties. It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.”