“That tells me that the people I have in the neighborhood don’t really love me”: Kenwyne Jones opens the position of the “deplorable” pig’s head on Stoke … and how the Muslim community offered to “deal with the situation”
- While a Stoke City player, Kenwyne Jones had left a pig’s head in his locker
- Striker was told that Glenn Whelan was responsible and damaged the teammate’s car
- Jonathan Walters had trained the pig’s head as part of a joke war
Kenwyne Jones has lifted the lid on the joke of the “deplorable” pig where he was at the receiving end of Stoke, and revealed that he had contact with members of the Muslim community who offered to address the situation.
Former striker Jones was shocked in 2013 when he returned to his locker on Stoke’s training field and discovered it had been broken into and found a bloody pig’s head wrapped in some of his clothes.
After being told that the culprit was Glenn Whelan, Jones responded by stabbing a stone through the latter’s car window.
Kenwyone Jones (R) and Jonathan Walters who initially took the pig’s head to the Stoke training
At the time, Brek Shea placed an image of him with a pig’s head in Stoke’s dressing room
Striker Jonathan Walters later revealed that he was originally responsible for bringing the pig’s head to the training field and escalating placing it in Matt Etherington’s locker as a joke war between members of Tony Pulis’s team.
According to the version of Walters, Etherington thought that Whelan was the deceiver and he intended to dump it in his locker to choose the wrong one, which belonged to Jones.
Jones, 35, retired and now the Trinidad & Tobago coach, under the age of 17, insists that the lockers had shift numbers, so rejected the idea that the person in charge did not know what they had posted the offensive item.
Jones initially believed that Glenn Whelan was responsible and broke a window of his car
In the immediate aftermath in 2013, Jones contacted Twitter to clarify the incident
The incident made national headlines and was perhaps a joke for some Stoke players.
But it caused major problems for Jones, whose wife was Muslim at the time, for whom pork is a forbidden food.
And although he suspected that his teammates were not aware of her religious beliefs, he doubts whether they would have taken them into account, even if they knew that. And that fact has certainly not limited the infringement caused.
Jones would leave the club the following year after 117 appearances and 28 goals
Jones welcomed the opportunity to tell his side of the story in detail for the first time on the podcast Shoot The Defense, who called the joke “regrettable”: “In different parts of the world, different things have different meanings.
“If you want to take the time to grab a pig’s head, break open my locker and wrap my clothes in it, that sends me another message.
“That tells me that the people around me don’t really like me. Another player, they broke open his cupboard and put a rotten fish in it. Even if it was a rotten fish, I wouldn’t mind, but the pig’s head symbolized something else.
“I went home, didn’t get a call from anyone at the club, the PFA. No one. The next day there was a trip to Southampton and I thought, “I am not comfortable with a team that could have done that,” as the situation then escalated.
The 35-year-old criticized how manager Mark Hughes then dealt with the situation
“My wife was a Muslim at the time, I had several factions from the Muslim community writing to my house – I don’t know how the hell they found my address – who wanted to address the situation. That could have been a lot of different ways.
“On the day of the trip, the manager called me and said,” I just want you to know that there was no racist or religious stuff [behind the prank]”
“I kind of like” what do you mean? So you don’t call me the next day to find out what happened “and they left.
“I had another teammate who called me and said,” Kenwyne, these guys here, they’re kidding, and even the manager, and they’re laughing at the situation. “I have something like” What? This cannot be real. “
“Moreover, I went to the Gold Cup and the club secretary called me and said:” you have to pay for the man’s car to have it repaired and you get a fine of two weeks’ wages. “
‘I was like that’ okay, well, the other people involved, did you discover who it is? Who is it? “They didn’t want to tell me.
“Moreover, he told me that they receive suspended sentences. I had something like “What?!”
“At the end of the day I could make a joke. I sometimes joke my own children. It is no problem if I let myself slip, leave my cupboard open and fool.
“[But] they are actually broken into a combination box, so if you go that far, don’t you find that a bit odd? “