Danny Rose has criticised the way in which he is often stopped by police. He has included a scenario on a first-class train carriage in his denouncing of racial profiling and discrimination.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose Reveals He Is Regularly Stopped by Police
Rose Speaks Out at All-Too-Common Police Stops
“The last time, last week, when I’d just been at my mum’s house, I had pulled up in a car park so the engine was off. The police pulled in and they brought a riot van, three police cars and they questioned me. They said they’d had a report that a car had not been driving correctly.
“So I’m like: ‘OK, so why does that make it my car?’ I got my ID out and they breathalysed me. It’s just one of those things to me now. What can I do? Fifteen years of this on and off the field happening and there’s no change whatsoever.”
“Each time, it’s: ‘Is this car stolen? Where did you get this car from? What are you doing here? Can you prove that you bought this car?’”
Rose’s example is sadly not an outlier. Another recent high profile case in sport was Bianca Williams and her partner Ricardo dos Santos. Williams even recorded a video in which she could be heard saying “My son is in the car” whilst a policeman with a baton stood at the car window.
Train Ticket Check
Rose provided another example of his disgust at what he perceived to be racial profiling.
“One of the last times I got on the train, I got on with my bags and the attendant said: ‘Do you know this is first class?’”
“I say: ‘Yeah, so what?’ They ask to see my ticket and I show the lady it and – this is no word of a lie – two people, white people, walk on the train after me and she says nothing. I asked: ‘Are you not going to ask for their tickets?’ and she just said: ‘Ah no, I don’t need to.’
Rose concluded his thoughts, keen to dispel what other’s might describe as a very long string of coincidences.
“People might think it happens but to me that’s racism. These are the things I have to put up with, being stopped all the time and being asked if I know this is first class and to show my ticket.”
The England defender has always been vocal in his criticism of football clubs, or indeed racism in football. For example, he spoke out against the racist chanting in Montenegro. But the Doncaster born football player has now had to speak of his experiences with racism in his home country.
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