John Terry Isn’t Racist For Calling An Opponent A “Black C-nt” Because He Helps African Charities, Says John Terry
July 10 / Matt Rudnitsky / SportsGrid
John Terry, captain of Chelsea and former captain of the English national team (which is a position as important as the Queen's) is currently on trial for calling Anton Ferdinand of QPR a "fucking black cunt."
Basically, he's on trial for being an alleged racist cunt.
Here's some context: Back in late 2009, Terry, while married, had an affair with teammate Wayne Bridge's girlfriend. According to Terry, he gets insulted for it during every game. (So he definitely is a cunt; they just need to ascertain if he's indeed a racist cunt.)
The alleged incident occurred in October of 2011, during a Chelsea-QPR match. With a few minutes left in a tight game, Terry didn't return the ball to QPR, a typical (dick) soccer-player move. Ferdinand was (understandably) angered, and reportedly made "lewd fist-pumping hand gestures" at Terry, and said something about "shagging your mate's missus." I then learned that the word "shagged" is vulgar enough in England to be replaced with asterisks at some newspapers. Terry was, in turn, angered, and cursed Ferdinand off. This we know.
What's less clear is precisely what was said. Ferdinand didn't hear Terry say the word "black," but he saw the YouTube clip after the game and thought it was clear. Apparently, an off-duty police officer complained to the police about the alleged mark, and the case eventually went to trial. During the trial, a lip-reader confirmed that Terry said "black cunt" in the clip (although I could've done it for half the price).
Terry confirmed that he did indeed say "black cunt," but only sarcastically, and because Ferdinand had accused Terry of saying it to him. Terry says that his precise words were "Fuck off, fuck off, yeah, yeah, black cunt... fucking knobhead."
The trial hasn't looked good for Terry so far, and his defense failed an attempt to get the case thrown out. His newest defense is that "his work helping African footballers and their charities (is) evidence he isn't prejudiced."
""My commitment to the projects demonstrates I'm not racist," Terry told police.
And my commitment to eating two salads per week means that I am a vegetarian.
"Terry, who was in the dock for a second day, faces a maximum fine of $3,900 if he becomes the first top soccer player in England convicted of racial abuse during a game."
I'm unsure what a "dock" is, but I assume I want to stay out of one.
The financial stakes are meager for a player that makes over $248,000 per week, but the center back's already piss-poor reputation faces even more potential damage. He lost his England captaincy due to the incident, and a loss here certainly wouldn't help his image. If he can't dig himself out of this hole, he will be the easiest shit-talking target of all time (if he isn't already).
For context, a 2004 survey estimated that 20% of EPL players are black (though I'm unsure why they couldn't just count).The trial is expected to last five days and will be decided by Chief Magistrate (whatever that is) Howard Riddle, not a jury.