Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher appeared in a stunning Sky News interview on Monday where he offered a tearful apology in excruciating account of spitting shame.
Carragher was suspended by Sky Sports for spitting at a family on Saturday after reacting to taunts about Manchester United's victory over his former club Liverpool last weekend.
The former England defender was interviewed by Sky News presenter Sarah Hewson. Here's the transcipt
in full as published by The Express.
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Note: (Jamie Carragher = JC, Sarah Hewson = SH)SH: So, Jamie, I’m recoiling watching that, it’s disgusting. How do you feel when you see it back?
JC: Exactly the same. You can’t obviously condone that behaviour no matter what in any way shape or form the matter where you are, who you are representing.
I’m at Sky Sports now, my family,
and the most important people really who are mostly
affected by it are the family involved and their young 14-year-old daughter.SH: Why did you do it?
JC: It was a moment of madness. It’s difficult for me to explain. Watching those clips back it feels almost like an outer-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances for anyone, you can’t ever behave like that. That is just unacceptable.SH: You describe it as a moment of madness but you’re a former professional footballer. You were a professional football for years. You should have been used to banter far worse than this and you just ignore it and carry on.
JC: You think why do you react like that as it’s part of being a public figure. At times different things get said but it’s the only time I’ve reacted like that and it’ll be the only time i’ll
ever react. It’s devastating for the family involved and my family, but it’s down to my actions that’s
brought that on.SH: Tell me about the family. You called them after the incident, tell me about that call.
JC: I called the family and they were upset and disappointed last night.SH: Did you speak to the 14-year-old girl?
JC: Yes - and that’s my biggest sort of regret. There’s
lots of regrets of
what happened. The biggest regret is for a 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of this of my altercation with the father. That is something that devastates me a little bit more than anything else really that a young girl, who wasn’t involved in anything really, has now become embroiled in this.SH: It doesn’t matter who it was. There’s no excuse for spitting at anybody.
JC: No, of course. I mean the fact it is a young girl makes it feel slightly worse for me.SH: If it was your daughter…
JC: I've got a daughter exactly the same age and it’s difficult to find the words I’d use on how I’d react to that or what I’d say to that person if I ever bumped into that person or something. The way that father sees is daughter
, the way I see his daughter, that’s my biggest regret. Again, all I can do right now is apologise as much as possible. Hopefully
they accept that and I’d like to apologise again for that if possible.
SH: What happens now? You’ve had discussions with Sky. What happens with that now/
JC: It remains to be seen. It’s sky’s decision, not my decision.SH: Do you think you deserve to keep your job?
JC: It’s not my decision.SH: But from your point of view, do you feel, after those actions, you deserve to their on Monday Night Football, as a face of the broadcaster, a face of football, a role model, do you deserve that position?
JC: What I would say is there’s no doubt what I’ve done is disgusting. I apologise for it. I’m getting vilified and rightly so. If someone had done that during the Manchester United v Liverpool game, I’d have vilified them for the next few days.
But what I would hope, not just for Sky but for the public who have known me for possibly almost 25 years since I started playing for Liverpool, is that five seconds of madness won’t take over everything of what I’ve done. Some people may or may not like me before this incident but hopefully going forward I feel I can show the real me - because I don’t think that’s a representation of me.
Hopefully, whether it will be sky,
or the general public, they’ll look at the 25 years - and I’ve made mistakes in that time - but this mistake I made is a huge one.SH: Have you offered your resignation?
JC: I haven’t offered that, no. I’m just talking to people at Sky to work out the best way to go forward for
me and Sky. They’ve made it be known they’re very disappointed. I’ve brought shame on the name of Sky Sports and the broadcaster.SH: So much is being done to try and improve the game of football and you have brought the game into disrepute.
JC: I agree, yet it has. You said before about role models and I think footballers, people in the job I do, is a role model whether you like it or not and there’s
people who look up to us and look at our actions. The world we live in now, with social media, many people would have seen this clip now.SH: I’m a mum of three and if one of my children, my five-year-old, came home and spat I’d be absolutely horrified and you’re a grown man.
JC: What I’ve done now, if I’d done this at five or six, my own mother and father would be the same. As I said, it’s difficult to explain the moment of madness, that four or five seconds where I’ve lost it. I apologise for that, I wish I could go back and change it but all I can do now is speak to you, speak to the family like I did last night and hopefully going forward I can speak to the family again. I can apologise as much as I can and only behave in the right way.SH: What about your own kids? What have they said about it?
JC: Well, they are disappointed obviously and a little bit upset…SH: You are highly paid, you are in a position of power and that brings responsibility with it, what kind of message do you think you have sent out and how can you make amends for that?
JC: A poor message not just the game of football but it’s a poor message for everyone out there man, woman or children. It’s the lowest of the low. When I was brought up as a kid, spitting was that and I’ll never do it again. But right now all I can do is come on here, apologise and try and get back to the person I know I am.SH: What can you say to the people watching that you have let down? Your fans, people who have looked up to you, what do you say to them.
JC: I can apologise as I know that this has put a lot of my supporters, family and friends in a very difficult position. The most important people I’d like to apologise for is the family involved. They have been dragged into this media storm by myself because of my actions. This won’t be nice for them, especially the 14-year-old girl. For me, the people that look up to me, that’s for me to sort out. Hopefully
I can get the chance again to apologise or maybe meet up with the family to show how sorry I really am.