Football pundit Jamie Carragher appears on TV to explain ‘moment of madness’ that led to spitting incident
The former Liverpool captain is suspended by his employer Sky Sports and says he intends to apologise to the family again
TV pundit and former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher blamed a “moment of madness” after he was caught on camera spitting towards a 14-year-old girl in a moving car.
In footage widely shown on British media, Carragher is seen winding down the window of his car and spitting at another vehicle following Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday.
Reports said that some of Carragher’s spit hit the face of the girl, who was sitting in the passenger seat. A male voice can be heard saying “unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1!” before Carragher spits.
Very disappointing to see Jamie Carragher spit at a man & his 14 year old daughter on the motorway. He was goaded yes, but there is no high ground that can be taken to defend him here. Don't deflect from the incident - this shouldn't happen. Super embarrassing for Carragher. pic.twitter.com/3iohYhXeKE
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) March 12, 2018
Carragher, 40, apologised to the family and later said his behaviour had been “unacceptable” although he insisted he had not seen the girl in the front of the car.
“I’ll speak to the family again. I’m sorry. I’ll apologise again today (Monday) properly,” said Carragher.
“I didn’t to be honest (see the girl), she was leant back. I wish she wasn’t involved. I hate that she was involved more than anything.”
British broadcaster Sky Sports announced Carragher – who is known for his charity work – had been suspended from his punditry job adding his actions were “well below the standards we expect of our people”.
"I'll apologise to them again."
Jamie Carragher has been speaking about the video that showed him spitting towards a girl. pic.twitter.com/DgeRPZecq1
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 12, 2018
“It was almost an out-of-body thing but you can’t ever behave like that, it’s unacceptable,” he told Sky News on Monday.
“A moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances you can’t ever behave like that.
“My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it.
“That devastates me more than anything. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and I can’t say how I’d react if someone did that to her.”
Carragher said the incident did not represent “the real me”.
“I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked up to me,” he said.
Gary Neville – with whom Carragher has formed a highly-regarded punditry duet – said this was an “isolated incident” and hoped he would be able to continue in his role.
“I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake,” tweeted former Manchester United star Neville.
“He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted.
“I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.”