SEX PARTIES, hippy crack and a secret love child with a mistress – it’s safe to say Kyle Walker has lived a wild life off the pitch.
Ever the consummate professional on it, the England defender, 29, is no stranger to public humiliation and shame away from the game.
The latest in a growing line of damaging stories has been the Manchester City star’s romp with two escorts a day before urging fans to stay home and help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.
Walker, worth around £30million, now faces a huge fine to go with the massive slap in the face Piers Morgan gave him when saying his actions reeked of “disgusting hypocrisy”.
Speaking of slaps in the face, his former employer Mauricio Pochettino knows all about that.
Sheffield-born Walker became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined City in a £50m move in July 2017.
Ex-Spurs manager Pochettino claimed Walker instigated the move, writing in his book that the right-back showed an “alarming lack of respect for his team-mates and a slap in the face for the club”.
City supporters could be forgiven for being furious too, after a 2012 tweet from Walker in which he called them “glory fans” resurfaced at the time of his switch.
The post read: “All u Man City fans u can talk now we will just see at the end of the season.. Was u all there when City were no where to be seen [sic] #gloryfans.”
For what it’s worth, feisty Walker rejected Pochettino’s claim and said his family backed him, telling him, ‘whatever decision you make is going to be the right one.’”
If only that had been the case in his private life too.
'PUTTING HEALTH AT RISK'
It was in 2013 when Walker, who was recovering from injury at the time, became the first high-profile footballer to be pictured inhaling hippy crack during a night out in Sheffield.
Dangerous nitrous oxide gives a feeling of intense euphoria but users can die of suffocation and suffer strokes, seizures, blackouts and stress on the heart.
To his credit, Walker knew the pictures were no laughing matter and he apologised, saying: “I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that my actions were of poor judgement.
“I hope this will in no way influence or encourage others into putting their own health at risk.”
It looked like long-term girlfriend Annie Kilner could be the one to keep him permanently on the straight and narrow.
The pair met as teens and have three children together but Kilner, 27, dumped her man because he is having a love child with Lauryn Goodman.
Walker bedded model Lauryn last summer and is due to become a dad for the fourth time this month – while also facing the prospect of a legal battle with his ex over his vast fortune, which is said to include cars, property and other assets.
A former PFA Young Player of the Year, Walker has two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three consecutive League Cups with City.
He also won a place in the nation’s hearts as one of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions heroes during England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018.
But before that, during another game with England, Walker got caught up in a middle finger controversy with team-mate Dele Alli.
During the 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley, Walker’s former Spurs pal raised a finger apparently at referee Clement Turpin, but Alli claimed it was aimed at “great friend” Walker.
Southgate was clearly bemused, insisting the pair were “messing about” while admitting they had a “strange way of communicating”.
But it was Walker’s response that showed why he is a loveable rogue with so many.
Taking to Twitter, the former Sheffield United man posted a clip of the famous Mr Bean scene in which he rides in an open-top car giving everyone a one-finger salute.
He’s even found a way of making followers laugh during this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.
In response to a viral WhatsApp message that said Wembley was going to be used to make a huge lasagne, cheeky Walker posted a photo of the 55,000-seat Etihad brimming with the meal, along with the caption: “Well, if Wembley won’t do it…”
Not to say that he hasn’t put his foot in it again online though.
He quickly deleted a tweet mocking Liverpool’s draw with Leicester in January 2019.
Walker posted a meme of England defender Harry Maguire chatting to girlfriend Fern Hawkins after the country’s World Cup win over Colombia the year before.
Walker captioned the snap: “So basically, they thought they were going to go seven points ahead…”
Man City went on to win the league.
Also on Walker’s Twitter page are hilarious photos comparing team-mate Benjamin Mendy to Dolly Parton and himself to Excitable Edgar from the John Lewis advert.
Let’s hope it’s more of his tweets and performances on the pitch we’re talking about in future than any controversy off it.
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