I doubt if any in the USA have heard of this creature but he is a very highly paid uk footballer who has been to prison on several occasions for serious violence and claims AA has helped him. He showed great serenity by being sent of in the title deciding game which was watched by millions on Sunday for attacking 3 players. He does not exactly fit the AA celeb poster boy image but does reflect a certain percentage that do attend meetings and have not perfected a serene way of living. He is not a nobody but rather someone who is featured in the press and on TV most days and has played for his country.
He is always involved in controversy both on and off the pitch and has never for filled his potential. Would you like to sit next to a sportsman who Stubbs out cigars in people's faces at your meeting. Do you believe that AA atendance has helped Joey turn the corner- thought not.
Football is huge in the Uk my mfc66 name stands for a football club and the year England won the world cup. A couple of arsenal players wrote books on recovery and about 12 step which was read my many some years vack and influenced me to go to meetings but the reprints don't mention that one of them went back out.
I'm sure Barton's breach of annonimity will raise some eyebrows as this story will not go a way until the new season starts.
A bit of background for any interested in his criminal past etc