“It’s not a laughing matter” Spurs player receives backing from former team-mate

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Dom Le Roy

Danny Rose has received the backing of his former Tottenham Hotspur team mate Darren Bent.

Rose revealed yesterday that a club who were potentially interested in signing him last summer wanted to check if he was ‘crazy’ before looking to proceed with a deal (talkSPORT).

The Spurs left-back revealed that the situation left him ‘embarrassed’ and ‘angry’ and refused to name the club who were looking to prise him away from North London.

The move never materialised and Rose remained at Spurs and has this season shown glimpses of some of his best form for over three years.

Bent, who joined Spurs from Charlton in 2007 for a then club record fee of £16.5milion (Guardian) praised Rose for publically speaking about his mental health issues and believes that he should not be mocked for revealing his feelings in such a frank manner.


Rose will now get the opportunity to be part of the first Tottenham side to play in a Champions League final when they face Liverpool in Madrid on June 1st.

Bent told talkSPORT: “Danny Rose has been open enough to come out and speak about it [depression]… don’t punish him for it. It’s not a laughing matter.

“So regardless of whether it was taken out of context and people went ‘are you crazy?’ It’s so ignorant and rude. It’s crazy.

“Fair play to Danny for not exposing the football club because I know a lot of people that would have because it’s just poor.

“There’s nothing funny about that, he’s been big enough and bold enough to come out and speak about mental health issues because one thing that’s always labelled at footballers is ‘how can they have mental health issues? They earn all this money, what have they got to be sad about?’.

“He’s been open enough to come out and speak about the problems he’s had, he’s had family tragedies, people probably didn’t know that and all these different topics, and yet someone needs to meet him to see if he’s crazy.

“It’s not about that, it’s about what he does on the football pitch.”

It is refreshing to see players from past and present speaking out in support of Danny Rose.  The England international was brave enough to share his feelings to the world and should be commended for increasing the awareness of mental health.

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  1. What people have to realise is that having mental health issues is no different to having a physical ailment. In both cases you seek professional expertise.
    Danny did just that and as Bent says he should be proud of having the guts to come out in the open about it.
    You are a splendid footballer Danny and i look forward to you putting a E, C, L winners medal in your cabinet.


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