Drink Driver David Bentley loses sponsorship deal with Puma
Tottenham footballer David Bentley has not only been fined two week's wages by his club and lost a lucrative sponsorship deal with sportswear firm Puma, but he has also been banned from driving for 12 months, although this was rather light considering he had a number of previous convictions for driving in fast cars. I haven't seen any news whether he has been suspended from his club.
The press coverage of his reckless drink driving didn't help matters either.
I think it is good news that Puma (www.puma.com) has taken tough action by not sponsoring Bentley. More corporate sponsors should do the same when they see their footballers drive over the limit. These footballers seem to be totally unaware that their sponsors may not be happy with them and want high standards.
Well done Puma.
And just another thing to make this guy more responsible, his girlfriend now has a, somewhat, timely pregnancy. He may soon have to change his Porsche for an estate car with 'Cheeky Monkeys on Board'.
"His partner is pregnant and due to give birth in five weeks' time. His working life is affected as he has to drive from his home in Cuffley to Chigwell every day for training."
Janet Brooks, prosecuting at the hearing before magistrates in St Albans, Herts, said Bentley was just over one-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit.
She said: "Mr Bentley's car left the road and collided with a lamp-post. He co-operated with police, admitted he was the driver and that he had too much to drink.
"He was arrested and taken into custody. It was a one car incident.
"Under caution in interview he said he had been to a gig with some friends and he had left his car at Potters Bar station in Hertfordshire.
"He was going to take a cab home but he decided to drive as he did not want to leave his Porsche in the car park. He went round a corner, over-steered and hit the lamp-post."
Fans uttered words of support for his club as he left the hearing with two friends. He was driven away by a pal in a convertible Volkswagen Golf.
Despite his huge salary, Bentley, who lives in Cuffley, Herts, was fined just £500, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
But District Judge Caroline Mellanby told the footballer he could reduce length of his ban if he attended a drink-driving rehabilitation course Bentley did not say anything after the hearing, but in a statement released after the crash on August 13, he said: "I should like to apologise to my club and supporters for my actions.
It was wholly unacceptable and I fully appreciate that as a professional footballer I have a duty to behave in a reputable and responsible manner".
What a measly fine too.
Though his club did fine him, his own fans offered him support. Well, I suppose that's Spurs fans for you.Would they do the same if he had killed someone?
Despite the loss of lucractive support from a corporate sponsor because of his drink driving, Everton manager, David Moyes, is keen to have him on loan.
Watch this space...will he let Everton down too? What do other fans think? Will he be tempted by driving whilst disqualified like many banned drivers seem to do?