By Chris Wright
Former Wigan striker Marlon King has been released from prison today after serving nine months of an eighteen-month sentence for sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman (whom he left needing hospital treatment for a broken nose and a split lip) in a Soho nightclub in December of 2008.
Reports are already circulating that King has been approached by Championship side Coventry City with an offer to resume his football career at the Ricoh Arena, with boss Aidy Boothroyd (who managed King at Watford for three years between 2005-08) admitting to Talksport that his current club are willing to open a line of communication with the disgraced forward;
“I know Marlon King the dad, Marlon King the husband and Marlon King the footballer and I’m not going to just throw someone on the scrapheap just because he made a mistake, as grave a mistake as that might be.”
When you know him and you’ve worked with him and you know the good and the bad then you have to take that decision, but we are nowhere near that decision yet.”
Marlon King may be an exemplary father and a diligent husband, and you could even argue that he is a perfectly serviceable footballer on his day – but there can be no uncertainty surrounding the fact that he is a complete d*ckhead.
The Soho Revue Bar in London
Since the age of 17, King has been in court on no less than seven occasions over 14 separate offences which range from motoring offenses to violence against women – and since signing his first professional papers with Gillingham back in 2000, King has now been incarcerated twice.
His first prison term came in 2002, whilst still playing for The Gills, when he was jailed for eighteen months after being arrested whilst driving a stolen BMW