In a bit of disturbing off the pitch news, Croatian international Ivan Klasnic was apparently retained by the Greater Manchester Police and questioned regarding the alleged rape of a 17-year-old woman in Manchester City Centre.
Rape is a disgraceful action, and if Klasnic is guilty he should certainly spend a long period of time, if not the rest of his life, in prison. At the very least, and this is before any confirmed information has been revealed, Klasnic is guilty of stunningly bad judgement. Being alone with a 17-year-old girl at 4 AM is not a good idea in general, and really cannot lead to anything good.
Jim Brown is a former American football player, now in his 60's, who often counsels young athletes, particularly African-Americans from the inner city. One of the first things he tells them is that between midnight and 6 AM, nothing good ever happens to a public figure, and if they stay home during this period of time, they are unlikely to have any off the field problems. Footballers would be wise to follow this advice as well.