and that alleged offence was 4 years ago and he was cleared.
Look, he clearly did a lot of bad things and got mixed up with the wrong people and has a long arrest record with some convictions.
However, all the stories in the last year or two are basically about how he's hit rock bottom, is back home living with his mum, has given up drinking and isn't in touch with his old friends and now he's really focusing on rebuilding his career - so far he's been pretty impressive for Southend and the club statement that was released yesterday echos that.
I'm all for throwing the book at footballers who abuse their position of trust as a role model for (in particular) kids. In this case the real story is if he is able to turn his life around and rebuild his career and stay trouble-free, then he does genuinely become a role model for youngsters in the future who start of like he did (with a tough upbringing and time in young offenders)