Man United defender Chris Smalling has apologized after The Sun published a picture of him dressed as a suicide bomber with Jagermeister strapped to his body. The image is featured on the newspaper's front page, where Smalling is branded a "loser," while former Premier League player Thomas Hitzlsperger is declared a "winner" for announcing that he is gay.
Smalling's attempt at a clever costume quickly prompted an official apology from his management team. From the AP:
Smalling's management company Wasserman Media Group insisted that picture, which appears on the front page of Thursday's edition of The Sun newspaper, was "an attempted comedy play on the popular 'jager bomb drink'."
A statement to The Associated Press says Smalling's costume at a party in his home with close friends consisted of empty bottles of Jagermeister "and cans of Red Bull strapped to his chest."
But the statement says Smalling "fully accepts in hindsight it was an ill-thought out and insensitive decision, absolutely no harm was intended whatsoever and he apologizes for any offence caused".
Man United wouldn't comment on the matter because they already have too many problems to deal with.
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