Jack Grealish issued an apology at the end of March for breaching government imposed lockdown, having been pictured at the scene of a road accident.
At the time, Villa remarked that they were “disappointed” in Grealish, whilst the player sought to quickly make amends through large donations to Birmingham Children’s hospital.
We learned then that West Midland’s Police had ‘made arrangements’ to speak to the owner of a Range Rover involved in the incident.
In Grealish’s apology video posted across social media he said:
I obviously just got a call off a friend asking to go around to his and I stupidly agreed to do so.
I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake that I did, so I obviously urge everyone to stay at home and follow the rules and the guidelines of what we’ve been asked to do.
I hope everyone can accept my apology and we can move on from this
Unfortunately for Grealish he has now been charged with two offences relating to the accident during his March lockdown breach, according to reports.
The West Midlands Police statement outlines:
An investigation was launched after we responded to reports of a car hitting parked vehicles and the driver fleeing on foot.
Grealish is due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates on the 25th August.
The charges are driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop at or report a collision.
Whilst Grealish’s stock has been steadily rising, many had hoped that such immature distractions were behind him. His reputation was infamously tarnished in 2015 by pictures of drunkeness in Tenerife and a separate nitrous oxide controversy.
With justified aspirations to represent England, a role model to many youngsters owing to his high-profile and as Captain of Aston Villa, one hopes he learns a final important life lesson.
Grealish played the full 90 minutes againt Sheffield United (0-0), with his focus and involvement against Chelsea [this Sunday] central to Villa’s hopes of survival.
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