Jamie Vardy Uses Autobiography To Apologise For “Racist” Casino Assault

Jamie Vardy

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has apologised for a verbal attack he made on a Japanese casino player last year. (Photo: AFP)

Jamie Vardy may be riding a high right now with a Premier League title under his belt. However, the Leicester and England regular is busy wiping old slates clean over past indiscretions.

The striker’s new autobiography, ‘Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story’ is currently being serialised in The Sun. And in it he has expressed regret over an episode at a Grosvenor Casino where he hurled verbal abuse at a Japanese poker player.

The forward was out on the town last year as Leicester’s title-winning season was opening. Sitting at a cash game at the city’s main casino, Vardy got into a heated argument with the player over a pot. Accusing the player of looking at his cards, Vardy got increasingly irate, eventually asking for the manager.

As the player walked away, Vardy said several times: “Yo, Jap. Walk on. Walk on.” He later got into an argument with another player who accused him of using his star status and “acting big time”.

“I saw red. I got off my chair, knocking drinks over, swearing,” Vardy writes.

“I’m not going to try and defend it, but the way the video clip was edited made it look like I was effing and blinding at the Asian lad. That doesn’t make it right. I just couldn’t handle another person getting involved.”

Vardy Comes Clean Over Poker Attack

Jamie Vardy has had a remarkable career, progressing from lowly Fleetwood Town to Leicester City in just a few years. Last season, Leicester shocked the world (and a fair few bookmakers) with a stunning 5000/1 EPL win. They have started the new season in stuttering form, however, despite opening their inaugural Champions League campaign with a win over Club Brugge.

Vardy, who turned down a big-money move to Arsenal in the summer, obviously feels it’s time to wipe the slate clean.

“There’s no way of erasing what happened in July 2015,” he begins in the latest serialisation.

“I like a drink and enjoy being Jack the Lad. I’ve had a few scraps and spent a night in a cell. I can be a pain in the a***. But one thing I’m not, and never will be, is a racist.”

Vardy continues: “I looked in the eyes of the student I verbally abused and told him that. I needed him to see how sorry I was. I wanted him to know there was ignorance, not malice or prejudice, behind the word I used.

“I was angry at the time and I’d had too much to drink but I’d never have used the word ‘Jap’ if I’d known it was racist.”

Vardy’s Murky Past Catches Up With Him

Unfortunately for the Leicester player, the incident was photographed and spread across social media. The Sun splashed an ‘England Star In Racism Storm’ headline across its back pages and Leicester fined its star strike. Vardy was also ordered to attend diversity-awareness classes. He also apologised to two other poker players in the casino that night.

The episode wasn’t the first time Vardy had got into scrapes. In 2007, he was ordered to wear an electronic tag while playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels after being convicted of assault.

Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story is out on October 6.

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