It’s “lazy” to name footballers and celebrities feature devices, says Watford striker Troy Deeney in an interview about knife crime in Britain.
Deeney, 30, modified into requested relating to the sequence of teenagers being stabbed within the UK in contemporary weeks – and what he may perchance enact as a high-profile sportsman to serve.
“I make no longer admire the be conscious feature mannequin, before every little thing,” Deeney told BBC Radio 5 Dwell’s Sportsweek.
“The feature mannequin may perchance maybe possess to be within the home always.”
Deeney, who modified into jailed in 2012 for affray, stated: “We’re all participants – participants form mistakes. We’re putting emphasis on being smartly-known as extra crucial than being a trusty particular person.
“What are we basing the feature mannequin on? Because we’re within the limelight. I make no longer admire that.”
Deeney, a father of two younger participants, added: “If my younger participants peep up to a man bigger and better than me, then that is me no longer doing my job.
“My dad modified into no longer a footballer. He wasn’t the relaxation remotely what the lifelike particular person would state modified into a feature mannequin – but in my eyes he modified into Superman.”
Social media creates ‘snowball cease’
Deeney stated the media has a “huge opportunity” and a accountability to steadiness its reporting of incidents of knife crime with extra definite community work attempting to handle the problem.
He stated social media performs a section in creating a “snowball cease” for youths to lift weapons.
“Abet within the day you faded to possess a wrestle,” Deeney stated. “You procure, you lose, you obtain up and lope home, mud your self down.
“Social media made it so as that whenever you happen to lose a wrestle it’s far on camera, you are embarrassed and you are compelled to react.
“It takes a in truth robust particular person to no longer react and essentially the most efficient other manner they know enact that is with a weapon, sadly.
“If others are carrying a weapon, you lift a weapon, and nine times out of 10 you are already going to plan that affect of vitality.
“Or no longer it’s a tense advise. I make no longer must sound admire I am preaching, but how enact you expose someone that feels they must lift [a weapon] with them, that they must now not lift it?
“I’d admire it that no-one carried weapons and acquired into fights, but I am a realist and that’s by no manner going to happen.
“While it be a rising advise, it needs to delivery accurate during the home and communities in getting sustain of the younger participants and ensuring they realize the implications.
“It is advisable affect one after which hope it impacts three and plenty others – all all over again, the snowball cease. Everyone has a accountability.”
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Deeney’s team-mate Andre Grey, who modified into stabbed within the face in 2011, has also spoken out on knife crime.
The 27-year-archaic striker told BBC Sport final year that he grew up with knife crime as a “style” in Wolverhampton and managed to flee gang culture when he joined Luton in 2012.
Grey is now actively attempting to prevent violent crimes among teenagers in his fatherland.