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Chris Smalling apologizes after dressing up as suicide bomber for costume party

Jan 9, 2014, 9:24 AM EST

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Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling is this morning at the center of a scandal, after pictures of him dresses as a suicide bomber have surfaced and were put on the front page of the Sun Newspaper in the UK.

Smalling, 24, was pictured wearing a military type outfit with a Arabic headscarf and then had a protective vest strapped to him with wires, cables and a mobile phone strapped to his chest. He also had bottles of the alcoholic beverage Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull strapped to him, as the costume was meant to be Smalling depicting himself as a “Jaegerbomb” drink.

Needless to say the costume has not been received well, after Smallling was snapped in his getup whilst hosting a party with his girlfriend at their house.

Smalling has not commented yet but his management firm, Wasserman Media Group, had the following to say to the Associated Press.

“Chris and his girlfriend hosted a fancy dress party to celebrate Christmas and their belated birthdays with close friends in the assumed privacy of his own home. He dressed in a costume consisting of empty bottles of Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull strapped to his chest in an attempted comedy play on the popular ‘Jagerbomb’ drink.”

“Although he fully accepts in hindsight it was an ill-thought out and insensitive decision, absolutely no harm was intended whatsoever and he apologises for any offence caused.”

There are some poor decisions… and then there’s this.

What Smalling was thinking (even if it was only a party in his own home) by dressing up in this costume defies belief.

He must have known he would offend many with a costume of real poor taste. We all make mistakes, so let’s hope Smalling learns from this one and grows up a little.

Below is a picture of the costume in question, from the Sun’s Twitter feed.

  1. geojock - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    After reading the article it not as bad as when i read the headline. The fact that he was a Jaegerbomber makes in a little more light hearted humor. Plus he was at his house so i cut him a little slack on that too.

  2. mlsconvert88888 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Maybe I’m an insensitive a-hole, but a guy dressing up as a “Jaegerbomber” at a costume party at his house doesn’t strike me as something that “defies belief”. The arab aspect of the costume is perhaps pretty crass, but lets be honest, if you watch much of the news lately and someone says picture a suicide bomber, in your head you’ll probably picture a middle easterner. Stereotypes can suck, but there’s a reason the stereotype exists in the first place.
    If he had strapped triple sec and lime juice bottles to his chest with a rising sun head band, and went as a “Kamikaze” would this be an issue?

  3. mlsconvert88888 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    If he had strapped triple sec and lime juice bottles to his chest with a rising sun head band, and went as a “Kamikaze” would this be an issue?

  4. mdac1012 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Everyone is offended by everything nowadays and people are too quick to apologize also. If your going to go out in public dressed like that then you open yourself up to criticism but a private party in the privacy of his own home, if it were me I would tell everyone to go scratch if they didn’t like it.

  5. frankiefablo - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    How many veteran suicide bombers are actually offended by this costume? Stupid. Slow news day it would seem.

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