John Terry proclaimed on Sunday night he would no longer make himself available for England national team duty, citing an imminent disciplinary hearing related to allegations of racist maltreatment directed at an opposing player last season.
Although, the British court cleared Terry of any criminal charges over his verbal clash with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, The Football Association ordered its own inquest into the events that took place during QPR's 1-0 win over Chelsea last October.
Is it really that big of a loss for England? As much experience and scoring ability that Terry could provide, he also has the ability to cause major headaches for anyone he comes into contact with.
Terry said in a statement, "I am today announcing my retirement from international football. I am making this statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable."
Do Terry's words really mean anything at this point? It's his words that have gotten him in such trouble in the first place. He can portray himself as the victim as much as he likes, but it doesn't diminish what his actions were that got him in so much trouble.
I think we all can atone for bad actions or things we say, but to put yourself in the position of being a victim, or, you were wronged in some way because of a stupid act that you committed - it's ridiculous. His words will garner no sympathy from an English football public that have grown tired of the soap opera that seems to be Terry's life lately. He says he has been cleared in a court of law from any wrong doing, however if the FA has ordered its own inquest into what happened in the QPR match, it doesn't really make the whole matter over.
Chelsea fans will love and defend their star no matter what. Terry is over thirty now, and he should be looked up to as an example to younger players. But his behavior makes it tough for anyone to have any respect for him. He is incredibly talented on the pitch. His leadership will be important if Chelsea wants to seriously challenge for the Premier League title this year.
Can you be a leader without speaking? Terry might want to try if for Chelsea's sake.
When you Google John Terry's name, the word racism pops up behind it every time. That's not a good thing.
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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