It says a lot about the Jamie Carragher spitting incident that the boxing world has started to react.
British middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders blasted Carragher in a no-holds-barred tweet.
“Should be a shamed of him self sick w****r I would hv slapped him,” Saunders tweeted after footage of Carragher spitting at a Man United fan and his daughter emerged on Saturday.
And boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who lists Anthony Joshua and Kell Brook among his stable of fighters at Matchroom Boxing, has also weighed in on the saga that has dominated the front and back pages in recent days.
Hearn considers Carragher a friend and he believes the backlash that the former Liverpool defender has received has been far too much.
“He’s had a stinker,” Hearn told iFL TV. “I know Jamie Carragher and I like Jamie Carragher and he’s so highly-regarded at Sky and as a pundit and he’s a good family man but sometimes you’re going to make mistakes.
“The problem is when you’re high profile, your mistakes are going to be magnified to another level. Like anyone can do that, you know what I mean, like I’m sure you’ve been in an incident before, maybe you haven’t spat at a car, but someone’s cut you up and your windows gone down and you’ve got out of the car and we’ve all done it.
“But it’s just that it’s Jamie… and he’s spitting and things come up and bite you in the a**e. Things that he’s said, like there was an incident where someone spat and he said, ‘ah it’s disgusting, spitting’.
Watch: Eddie Hearn reacts to the Carragher saga
“I don’t like when people get on the high horse and go, ‘I mean it’s disgusting’.
“People sometimes act like they’ve never made a mistake in their life. Some mistakes are unforgivable. I’m talking about crimes and stuff where someone might’ve made a mistake… but this guy has been wound up.
“The other geezer is in a car, he’s with his daughter, he’s goading Jamie Carragher filming it out the window while he’s driving.”
If he was the father, there’s no way Hearn would have stayed in his car and continued to film.
“I would’ve driven in front of him and span the car around and tried to stop him going anywhere, and I would have lost my complete rag. Whereas he went, ‘Oh where did he get ya?’
“He’s said to his daughter, ‘Where did it get you? If someone spat at your daughter, you wouldn’t stop chasing him until you all run out of petrol.”
“This is the mentality of some people. As soon as it’s happened he’s probably gone, ‘Oh, few quid for this clip’, not ‘My daughter’s just been spat in the face’.
“But again I don’t think Jamie Carragher was spitting at the girl, he was spitting at the car. But it’s a complete disaster for him.”
Hearn went on to say that Carragher should keep his job at Sky Sports.
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