Wednesday 28 June 2017

Adam Johnson now a pariah, within and beyond football

Living the high life, he thought he was invulnerable, but is now facing a jail sentence, writes Sarah Caden

Footballer Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court with his former girlfriend Stacey Flounders Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Footballer Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court with his former girlfriend Stacey Flounders Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Sarah Caden

Two weeks in to the three-week trial that ultimately found him guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Adam Johnson was overheard complaining to a friend outside the courtroom. "I hope this is finished by Friday," the former Sunderland footballer is reported to have said. "It's a bit boring now."

That comment says it all about the immature arrogance of this boy-man, whose maturity was stunted by success and the very unique modern football culture.

How easily now could Adam Johnson become the victim in this story of soccer hubris? He had it all and he lost it all. No one taught the poor boy right from wrong, all he ever knew was scoring goals and so on. But Adam Johnson is not the victim.

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