I’ve kept deliberately quiet about this, mainly because I haven’t been too sure where I stand on the whole thing. Useless, I know.

If what you read (and his criminal record) is to be believed, the man is right git. You don’t have that many convictions by accident. And contrary to how much Aidy likes him, King’s shown himself to be a sulky sod in the past too.  

He’s been punished for what he’s done though, so surely if fairness was to prevail, he should be able to carry on with his career? Forgive and forget, etc.

Those are the arguments.

Hmm. Trouble is there are lots of grey areas. For a start, being a footballer is a privilege. So maybe he’s already used up all his lives in that particular profession?

We can argue about it till we’re blue in the face, but really – who’s to judge? 

This is a football blog. And I’m a football fan. You won’t find me beating up the home stewards, abusing other people’s mothers or throwing bottles of piss into the air at Oasis gigs. That naughtiness isn’t for me. I’m just a football fan. So when I first heard about the interest in him, I got on my high-horse talking about morals like everyone else and went mental. Ooh, I was cross.

But, I got bored of that pretty quickly. I’m not going to cut off my nose to spite my face. I’m never going to idolise the man, he doesn’t strike me as the sort of person who’d evoke that sort of reaction from me. But you won’t find me booing or turning away from the pitch if he scores either. Bloody hell, we’ve had enough negativity at our club over the last 10 years, I can’t be bothered with it any more. I’d much rather focus on the football.

King is here, so we might as well just get on with it. If it wasn’t us, it’d just be another club. 

Gerrard, Terry, Rooney, Cole. A group of supposed swines, who’ve done a variety of swiney things – but we all supported England at the World Cup, regardless. 

So, hello Marlon. You best be good.

Marlon King – A Tribute
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