Carargher reveals ‘six months of pain’ as after spitting out a storm
Jamie Carragher has spoken of the six months of pain he went through after nearly losing his job at Sky Sports amid a spitting storm in 2018.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher was filmed spitting at Manchester United fans as he returned from a game at Old Trafford, with Sky granting his star expert a six-month suspension after deciding not to fire him for his actions.
Speaking on The Overlap with Gary Neville, Carragher spoke about the incident for the first time since returning to Sky Sports screens, as he admitted that the impact of the incident on him and his family was profound.
“It hit me for six months,” he confessed. “For six good months, I wasn’t myself. I would wake up in the morning and just had this stomach pain, oh it happened.
“I went to see Steve Peters (a psychologist) after that. I felt really bad, embarrassed, my family, my mom or dad. And the kids.
“I remember coming home that night when I was at Sky (to call on the air to be allowed to keep his job). I didn’t see the kids, they are at school, and you just got home and we all sat down together and it was hard.
“Even though we’re in the public eye, we’re not royals, Beckham, the big stars. You read them on the front page. When it’s you, everywhere I went, I had it. feel like people are looking at me. “
He admits his return to his role as a Sky Sports expert was a relief, as he reflected that he had handled the situation in the best possible way.
“I owned it. I didn’t blame anyone else. I accepted it. I took my medication,” he added. “Whatever shit someone throws at me, I’ll take it. And that’s how I was as a player.”
It was Carragher’s apology on air on Sky News immediately following the March 2018 incident and he returned to his role as a football expert with the network the following August.