Jack Grealish has been blasted by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain after the Aston Villa midfielder hit the front page of The Sun newspaper on Monday.
An investigation has been launched, per The Guardian, after pictures of Grealish emerged on social media following an incident in which a Range Rover crashed into parked cars.
Images showed a damaged white Ranger Rover as well as a picture that appeared to show the Aston Villa captain, 24, in slippers and a blue hoodie.
West Midlands police said they were called to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull on Sunday just before 10am. Two parked cars reportedly suffered minor damage.
“We were called to Waterside, Dickens Heath, just before 10am to reports that a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars in the street,” the West Midlands force said in a statement. “The driver left his details with a member of the public at the scene before leaving on foot, and will be spoken to by police in due course. Minor damage was caused to the parked vehicles.
“Officers are investigating the circumstances and anyone with information has been asked to get in touch, via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk quoting log 643 of 29 March.”
The incident happened less than 24 hours after Grealish launched a video appeal for people to stay at home during the government-enforced lockdown.
On the video, the Premier League star said: “To help save lives you must stay at home. Only leave your house to buy food, buy medicine or to exercise and always remember to stay at least two metres apart. This is urgent, protect the NHS, stay home, save lives.”
And on Monday, while presenting Good Morning Britain, Morgan called out the footballer on national TV.
“Another day, another load of idiots,” the outspoken broadcaster said, per the Mirror. “England footballer Jack Grealish. Aston Villa star. Had a lot to say last week. Gave a video message. ‘To help save lives you must stay at home’.
“Really good words. Until you go out to your mate’s house on the lash for a party. Get into a car and crash into a load of other cars, allegedly.
“What were you thinking Jack? What happened to your little guidance? What happened to what you told us about saving lives and staying home?
“Doesn’t help when an England star, a role model, does that. Acts with total impurity and selfishness and recklessness. Shame on you.”
Watch Morgan’s rant here…
It must be noted that, at this point, Grealish remains innocent until proven guilty.
But questions will be asked of the Aston Villa star, including why he was out of his house during lockdown, despite telling others to stay at home.
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