Former England national team striker Darius Vassell was sent packing this week.
Not by his team, Turkish club Ankaragucu. Instead, Vassell was told to gather his belongings by the staff of the Ankara hotel he had been living in since joining the Turkish side this summer.
Vassell didn’t smash any mirrors, cause a Katt Williams-like disturbance or fail to pay for bottled water from the mini-fridge. Instead, the hotel told him to pack up because his team couldn’t pay the bill.
Here’s some video of Vassell removing his stuff from the hotel. Apparently, our boy Darius is a bit of an axe man. No word on whether his musical stylings resemble anything like that other Darius (Rucker, a.k.a. Hootie). The video is in Turkish, so if you can find a hairy-chested, spice-slanging, bitter coffee-drinking Ottoman, you’re in luck. If not, then you’ll have to find some other way to figure out the Turkish press’s obsession with Vassell’s artwork.
Vassell made the move to Turkey this summer from Manchester City after the English club began to bring in a slew of high profile players. The speedy Vassell surprised many people by landing in Turkey. Other than for war, few Englishmen make the move into Eastern Europe.
Vassell was greeted in Turkey like a hero after his signing. Though I must admit, it takes very little to impress the Turkish people. Upon my visit to Turkey last summer, I noticed the nation’s top pitchman is Sawyer from “Lost.” The dude’s face is everywhere. I took pictures to prove it.
Now, Ankaragucu is in financial crisis and possibly being taken over. And for anyone who has watched Vassell play in the EPL before, he has that all too familiar, ‘What do I do?’ look.
Here’s a little translation courtesy of The Guardian:
“I don’t know what’s happening. I have been told today that I have to leave the hotel. I have asked the managers did I do something wrong? The hotel manager said, ‘no you didn’t do anything wrong.’ But they had a meeting today with the club and now I must leave the hotel.
I don’t really know what to do. I have not spoken to anybody yet.
I have all my bags packed. My heart tells me to stay here and play football for the fans but my bags are packed and I wonder sometimes whether I should go back home. But tomorrow I hope somebody will explain to me what is happening and we can resolve the situation.
I’m not sure (if I will return to England). It’s difficult. First of all I don’t speak the language so I can’t hear anything that’s happening.”
OK DV, since you’re an obvious music and art lover, let me give you so friendly advice before you leave Turkey: Leave your drugs.