An English footballer has issued an apology over an alleged gesture of support to imprisoned friend Luke McCormick who caused the death of two boys earlier this year.
David Norris of Ipswich Town, who play in the English Coca-Cola Championship, apparently crossed his hands to make a handcuff gesture after netting the winner in his side’s 1-0 win over Blackpool at the weekend.
Luke McCormick was jailed for seven years after killing Ben Peak, 8, and Aaron Peak, 10, while driving home from Norris’ wedding after drinking. McCormick who was driving twice over the limit crashed into the car carrying the two boys.
Although the player, who played with McCormick at Plymouth Argyle, has denied that his gesture was a message of support to his jailed friend, he has sent a letter to the family of the boys and issued a public statement apologising for how his actions had been misinterpreted.
He issued a statement on the Ipswich official website saying: “I would like to stress that I made no handcuff gesture or personal message to Luke McCormick.
“I can see how my actions may have been misinterpreted and for that and any distress this may have caused the Peak family I am truly sorry”
Even though the statement or letter failed to mention why he had done the ‘celebration’ the Peak family have accepted his apology. Mrs Peak who was deeply upset with his gesture has said that an apology was all she wanted and that the letter showed Norris “had a heart”.
A statement from the football club confirmed that Norris has been fined and warned about future conduct. While the Football Association (FA) have said they will contact Ipswich for an explanation of Norris’ behaviour.