Coronavirus: Man City's Walker feeling 'harassed' after lockdown breaches report
- Manchester City's Kyle Walker posted a lengthy statement after breaking lockdown rules.
Manchester City defender Kyle Walker believes he is being "harassed" after a report said he broke several lockdown rules.
Walker, 29, committed three breaches in 24 hours, The Sun reported, just weeks after apologising for hosting a party.
While the England defender took responsibility for his actions, Walker feels he is being hassled.
In a lengthy statement posted on Twitter on Thursday, Walker wrote: "I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough.
"In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly. I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for.
"However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.
"In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life. She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do – push her away?
"I then travelled to my parents' house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Again it's been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I've gone through in my life they have gone through with me.
"What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? I constantly feel as though I'm being followed.
"I don't even feel safe in the confines of my own home – why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that? I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing I do not take it for granted. But, at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration?
"My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough? At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently? I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else.
"Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this. It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life. Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings."
More than 270,700 people have died from coronavirus worldwide, with the death toll in the United Kingdom exceeding 30,600.