Carlton Books Ltd (1999)
When our sporting heroes tumble from the pedestals on which they have been erected by our admiration, the reverberations of the fall are felt around the world.
Sports Babylon is a no-holds-barred exposé of the malcontents and the maladroits of the world of sport. Those stars whose exploits used to be the sole preserve of the back pages of the paper, but now find themselves increasingly on the front pages, more often than not with a pint clutched in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a close friend, saying they were simply ‘tired and emotional’.
From the global bad boys such as disgraced boxer Mike Tyson and ‘daft-as-a-brush’ Paul Gascoigne to the more obscure like British mountain biker Rob Warner, who was chased out of a French town in 1997 after fornicating with a local statue, the book will cover all those sporting stars who have succumbed to the temptations of drink, drugs, sex and easy money, and will prove that when that bad boy of ancient times, Juvenal, wrote in 100 AD; Nemo repente fuit turpissimus (no one ever became thoroughly bad in one step), he’d clearly never encountered a Roman equivalent of Eric Cantona.