Oxford United striker Gavin Whyte is in trouble with his club and his country after a video emerged of him exposing himself in Belfast city centre.
The League One striker has become a key component in Karl Robinson’s bid for survival, but he’s in hot water after the video emerged. It was filmed whilst he was playing for Crusaders and shows him and another man with their trousers and underwear around their ankles.
Robinson was quick to reprimand his summer buy, claiming it was wildly out of character.
“It is totally out of character. Gavin is a quiet, respectful young man who is totally devastated by this. I have rarely heard anyone so remorseful for something that he regrets and knows he shouldn’t have done,” he is reported by talkSPORT as saying.
“Clearly he had drunk too much, and we will deal with that too, but whether you are a footballer or not that sort of behaviour is wrong on every level. We will sit down with Gavin today and we will remind him in no uncertain terms of his responsibilities.”
He’s also in hot water with his international manager, Michael O’Neill who said the 22-year-old’s behaviour was “clearly unacceptable” and “far below the standards” expected of a Northern Ireland international.
Whyte has earned four senior caps and bagged one goal for his country, scoring against Israel in a 3-0 win in September. He’s impressed pundits with his displays in the yellow of Oxford, scoring 6 times in 28 outings.
I always cringe a little when something like this happens, because I know there’s video’s of me out there doing stuff when I was younger that I’d much rather forget.
When you’re young and naïve, the responsibilities of the future seem a long way away. Whyte won’t be the first player to make a fool of himself in this way and he certainly won’t be the last.
I just hope he can move forward and put the debacle behind him, to keep focused on the stellar career he’s seemingly set to enjoy.