On the list of things I love about England, add the imprisonment of a racist Internet troll for abusing Marcus Rashford next to the Great British Bakeoff, an accent that makes everything classy, using holidays as a verb, and Tom Holland . The news that 19-year-old Justin Lee Price from Worcester will spend the next six weeks locked up for an offensive comment after Euro 2020 is every bit as satisfying as a handshake with Paul Hollywood.
He was not the only person to make appalling and infuriating comments at the 24-year-old footballer after Rashford missed a penalty in the European Championship Ffinal, but he may be the first in a long line to get caught out for directing this kind of language at football players. (The English Premier League has opened 400 investigations into alleged abuse of players and managers on social media in the past year, according to Sportsmail.)
Price tried not to pay the tab for his derogatory check by changing his Twitter username, and even denied posting the remark during his first interview with authorities before admitting he was indeed that guy. during a second interview with the police, according to Sky Sports.
“Price targeted a footballer because of his skin color and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime.
“Those who racially abuse footballers are ruining the game for all,” said Mark Johnson, senior Crown prosecutor for CPS Midlands in the case. (The UK’s public agency for prosecutions as the Crown Prosecution Service also lists things about England that I love.)
While Johnson isn’t wrong, I would argue that hate crimes that ruin football are one of the lesser reasons why racism sucks. It’s awful for so many other reasons that are more life changing than messing up a game. (JE.e incarceration rate, police brutality, housing discrimination, access to education, etc.)
However, society as a whole cares more about the effect of racism on the sport due to its popularity and because watching the game is supposed to be “an escape”.
“I don’t think about the evils of humanity in the first place, so I definitely don’t want it on my face in my free time!”
In the Sky Sports story, CPS senior sports prosecutor Douglas MacKay said football-related hate crimes had increased in recent years.
“The UK Football Policing Unit’s internal mid-season report showed a significant increase in football-related crime compared to pre-pandemic levels,” he said.
According to a Pickswise study, Rashford is the target of the biggest social media hate by an athlete not named LeBron James. If you’ve followed the Man United striker’s career, it shouldn’t surprise you.
My guess is that as we move online during quarantine people have gotten braver and braver with their bullshit because it’s easier to be irredeemably awful when you can’t see people’s emotions and that the threat of physical violence is absent.
However, being hunted down and made to answer with a despicable comment in the form of a prison sentence could change that. I would have liked to see the expressions on Price’s face every step of the way because he probably went from confused and combative at first, to reluctantly agreeing, to fucking hell, I’m going to jail.
Life comes to you fast, and even though the tournament that prompted the tweet ended a year and a half ago, this ass clown has had a month of incarceration, stale sandwiches and public showers for something. thing he said on the internett.
Alleluia! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?
“I hope this case sends the message that we will not tolerate racism and that offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” the senior Crown prosecutor said.
Responsibility tends to make people think before they act. If everyone had an angry Will Smith waiting in the backstage to slap them every time they tweeted a dumb joke, Twitter would only be one level of hell and not the seven it is now. (Also, if Chris Rock knew he was going to be mugged, he probably wouldn’t have told the joke — or at least he would have found one worth slapping on.)
Fortunately, Smith doesn’t have that kind of time or availability, and the British government has a more efficient and less violent way of dealing with malfeasance.