The spitting incident involving the former Liverpool and England defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher is a lesson for us all.
Carragher was caught on video spitting from the window of his car at another vehicle which had pulled up alongside.
It was driven by a man who was goading him about Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League earlier.
In the video obtained by the Daily Mirror, the pair are seen exchanging waves and the man is then heard shouting: “”Unlucky Jamie lad. Two, one.”
It was evidently too much for Carragher after the painful defeat at Old Trafford and he responds by spitting at the car. Unfortunately, he hits the driver’s 14-year-old daughter, who is sitting in the front passenger seat, in the face.
Carragher has since apologised wholeheartedly for his “awful” behaviour, describing it as “a moment of madness”.
The apology was accepted by his tormentor, but it didn’t stop Sky suspending Carragher from his £1milion a year-plus job. In a statement, the satellite broadcaster said it was taking the matter “extremely seriously”.
The awfulness of spitting aside, the lesson is that nowadays when almost everyone has a mobile phone with a camera, anything you say or do in public – or private – can be recorded and used against you, deservedly or not.
Carragher was by no means the first to be caught out this way – remember the film of a passenger being dragged from an overbooked United Airlines jet? – and he certainly won’t be the last.
But it could be you next. So, beware of mobile phone cameras!