Manchester City's Kyle Walker has released an emotional statement after being photographed breaking lockdown rules.
On Thursday night, The Sun newspaper ran an exclusive titled: "Man City’s Kyle Walker faces cop quiz and £1,000 fine after breaking lockdown THREE times in 24 hours."
The 29-year-old reportedly visited his sister for a 'party', before travelling onwards to his parent's house and finally cycling with a friend around a second property that he's renting.
In total, Walker is alleged to have travelled 87 miles and was photographed embracing his sister after the four-hour celebrations.
The news comes just weeks after Walker was forced to apologise for breaking lockdown when he hosted a £2,000 sex party with two call girls at his flat in Hale.
Walker takes to social media
However, the latest news prompted Walker to make a stand on his social media channels, explaining the decision to visit his sister as well as criticising the behaviour of those who 'followed' him.
"I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough. In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly," Walker wrote.
" I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.
'Extremely tough couple of months'
"In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life.
"She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do - push her away?
"I then travelled to my parents' house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Again, it's been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I've gone through in my life they have gone through with me.
"What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? I constantly feel as though I am being followed. I don't even feel safe in the confines of my own home - why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?
'Family dragged through the press'
"I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing that I do not take it for granted. But at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration?
"My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough?
At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently?
"I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else. Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this.
"It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life. Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings."
Neither Manchester City nor local police have commented on the incident.
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