Soccer star fined for tweet dissing club owner
Frustrated that he wasn't being traded quickly enough, an English Premier League player launched an attack on his club chairman, complete with four-letter words.
Darren Bent is known for his creative ways of missing scoring opportunities.
So it is perhaps surprising that he managed to hit home with some telling verbal strikes against his club's chairman, Daniel Levy.
The only problem was that he did it on Twitter.
You see, Bent was hell-keen on leaving his club, Spurs. And in the less than free market that is English soccer, he needed to wait for the club to negotiate a transfer fee with another club, Sunderland.
So, like many a modern man, he reached for an electronic device to give full flavor to his feelings.
"Seriously getting pissed off now. Why can't anything be simple. It's so frustrating hanging round," he tweeted, according to the Mirror newspaper.
Suddenly, rumors began to swirl that Levy might be trying to transfer Bent's skills to a club other than Sunderland.
This was more than the player's head could take. So his fingers did some talking for him.
"Sunderland are not the problem in the slightest. Do I wanna go Hull City? NO. Do I wanna go Stoke? NO. Do I wanna go Sunderland? YES. So stop f****** around Levy," he tweeted.
You will be stunned that Levy was not exactly amused by Bent's self-expression. He fined the player two weeks' salary--around $130,000--despite Bent offering a sidewalk-licking apology.
Levy has also still not expedited his transfer to Sunderland.
Perhaps the saddest part of this whole painful affair is that Bent's Twitter page--with the delightful moniker db10thetruth (10 was Bent's shirt number)--has been retired.
Twitter needs all of the honest and famous tweeters it can have. If their sincerity is to be suppressed by the malicious hand of corporate culture, what will remain of our new-found, glorious microblogging society?
I do think British Prime Minister Gordon Brown should get involved in this one.