Derby star Mason Bennett filmed downing pint and being sick in pub toilet hours before drink-drive crash arrest – The Sun
SHOCKING pictures show Derby striker Mason Bennett vomiting into a pub urinal after downing pints of lager hours before a drink-drive crash.
Snapchat footage shows the footballer, 23, being sick before the road smash which left club captain Richard Keogh, 33, with a career-threatening knee injury.
Tom Lawrence, 25, and Bennett will appear in court next month charged with drink-driving over Tuesday’s crash following a team-bonding session.
The Rams blamed Keogh and a “small group” of players for “not knowing when to stop” drinking and snubbing the chance “to be driven home using cars laid on by the club”.
Derby insist those responsible “will pay a heavy price for their actions”.
Last night a video, filmed by new club skipper and former England star Tom Huddlestone and shared widely online, emerged of Bennett vomiting in a toilet just hours before the crash.
In the clip, players are heard mocking Bennett for only having “f*****g three pints of Peroni”.
To which Bennett appears to reply: “I’ve had more than three.”
The Championship club launched an inquiry after Lawrence’s Range Rover and Bennett’s Mercedes GLC were involved in an accident on the A6 at Allestree.
Keogh is believed to have been a passenger in Lawrence’s car which hit a lamppost.
He suffered a serious knee injury, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Derby’s squad had been at a team-building day and went bowling — followed by dinner at the Joiners Arms, Quarndon.
Furious Rams manager Phillip Cocu said: “It’s a bad situation for everyone.
“I have not experienced anything close to this.
“We can’t accept it. It’s affected everyone.
“Most of the players left around 8pm — but a small group continued at the bar.
“We were not present when the players stayed on.
“Some senior players were and the choice they made was a bad example and there will be consequences.
“Due to an alcohol- related incident later, we lost our captain for the rest of the season.
“I spoke to Richard and he is extremely down — he feels responsible.”
Lawrence and Bennett were charged on Wednesday and will appear before magistrates on October 15.
They are unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s game against Birmingham.
Derby issued a strongly-worded statement saying: “The players were out as part of a scheduled team-building dinner.
“While the majority acted responsibly, a small group — including captain Richard Keogh — continued drinking into the night.
“They should have known when to stop and ignored the chance to be driven home using cars laid on by the club — and chose to stay out.
“The players involved in will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club’s code of conduct.
“We’ve have been very clear about our attitude towards alcohol.
“Those involved will pay a heavy price.”
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