Aston Villa faces the challenge of returning from the Premier League break better than ever. Jack Grealish accepts more than most of that which applies to him. He has spent time and money over the past few months trying to prove that he does not deserve to be defined by the serious error he made at the end of March.
You know it. The photograph had gone everywhere. Less than 24 hours after he publicly urged people to stay at home to avoid the spread of coronavirus, he was pictured looking bewildered and disheveled on a Birmingham street next to his battered Range Rover, which had collided with parked cars to reveal the fact that he broke lockdown to drive to a friend’s place. An investigation by West Midlands Police continues. The day after the incident Grealish on social media acknowledged his hypocrisy.
Grealish knows that some people will always stress his mistakes no matter what good he does. “That is just the way we live in things in this world. When you do something everybody knows it will always be the bad stuff that gets out there. That’s what I got to tackle. I respect my job, I love what I do absolutely, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Grealish believes all human beings make mistakes and he too is a human being. He accepts the fact that he too straight away has made a mistake. Grealish added, “I am also a role model for a lot of people out there, especially young kids who might be looking up to me.”
Grealish is trying to act respectably and has kept his head down, working hard towards charitable work.
The 24-year-old says that he didn’t want to hide behind a club statement. He has donated £150,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital since then – which he has helped several times in the past – and raised more than £55,000 to the NHS by raffling one of his jerseys.