Raheem Sterling & Man City
It was a brilliant weekend for Raheem Sterling on the pitch for Man City.
Sterling scored a Premier League hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Watford.
Man City remain a point above Liverpool after the weekend’s results in the top flight.
With eight matches to go, Man City will be crowned champs if they can win all their remaining games.
in monday’s @nytsports print editions. raheem sterling @sterling7 talks to @RorySmith about racial abuse, media stereotypes and rising above it. a rare look at how the english phenom deals with it all. illos by @Crackedhat pic.twitter.com/2Q9coiMhhp
— Josh Crutchmer (@jcrutchmer) March 11, 2019
Sterling talks to the New York Times about racism
On Monday, the New York Times have published a brand new interview with Raheem Sterling.
Earlier in the season, when Chelsea hosted Man City in the league, Sterling was targeted in a racist verbal attack.
As the England star collected the ball from the sidelines, one Chelsea fan was filmed calling Sterling a “black c***”.
That footage went viral, which lead Sterling to post a long reaction on his Instagram account.
Raheem Sterling’s Instagram post after Chelsea
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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.
Racism at Chelsea & Everton
Sterling never addressed the specific racism he faced at Chelsea in that Instagram post.
However, in his interview with the NYT, Sterling has finally spoken about what happened:
The way they were looking at me, I had to see where all this anger was coming from.
I was listening in to hear what they were saying… (I thought) Nah, that can’t be what I heard.
However this isn’t the first time Sterling has been attack for the colour of his skin.
That happened before during a trip to Everton’s Goodison Park. As reported in the New York Times:
In his first match at Everton’s Goodison Park after joining Manchester City, he said, he was walking toward the tunnel when a boy with his father called him a “black something.”
Raheem Sterling blames the media
When it came to trying to understand why Sterling is often targeted with racist abuse, the Man City star feels the media have a lot to answer for.
Of course, Sterling made that point in his memorable Instagram post after Chelsea.
Now Sterling has expanded on why he blames the media for stoking up his negative image:
From the very start of my career, there has been a perception of a flashy kid from London: loves cars, loves the flashy lifestyle.
I’m not saying I’m a saint or anything, but that is the complete opposite of who I am.
These people do not know me. They will define me by what they read about me; that is how they will treat me. When people are making the public believe you are a character you aren’t, that is hurtful, and it is degrading.
It is not just me. Whenever you see a report on a black player or a black entertainer it has to end up with money, or bling, or cars, or something flashy.
With a successful white person, it is nice, short, sweet, what a lovable person. Name me one white player who is thought of as ‘blingy.’