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Raheem Sterling’s Gun Tattoo Fuels U.K. Tabloid Outrage

“You can take the Editor out of the tabloid,” Mr. Lineker, the ex-player, snapped back. “But you can never take the tabloid out of the Editor.”

The sub-theme is, of course, the corrosive issue of race.

“The routes out of poverty are very scarce for the young, working-class black man,” Maurice Mcleod, a columnist, wrote in The Guardian on Wednesday. “Sport, music and entertainment do provide a path for the select few. The narrative reserved for those who make it, though, often sounds a lot like, ‘We have let you in, now don’t do anything that makes us regret it.’”

Raheem Sterling’s Gun Tattoo Fuels U.K. Tabloid Outrage
Raheem Sterling’s Gun Tattoo Fuels U.K. Tabloid Outrage

And on Tuesday, The Manchester Evening News quoted a sports journalist, Paul McCarthy, as saying there “is a section of society that utterly resents a young black kid for being hugely successful and being rewarded for that. Look at all the times there is a reference to ‘bling’ and ‘flash’ when anything is written about Sterling.”

“Then ask yourself whether the same would be written about a white player?” the journalist wrote. “It’s not overtly racist, it’s just that insidious feeling that someone like Sterling is fair game and that he should accept this kind of treatment.”

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