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Premier League player head-butts own manager, punches assistant coach, rides off into sunset

Mar 21, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

LeighGriffiths Reuters

How do you know when a pro athlete has anger issues? Head-butting the entire coaching staff, cleaning out your locker and speeding off in a sports car may be a hint. Here’s Scottish striker Leigh Griffiths, most recently of the Scottish Premier League’s Hibernian (on loan from English Premier League’s Wolverhampton Wanderers), who is now unemployed. That’s because on Tuesday during practice, says the London Daily Mail, he got into an argument with manager Pat Fenlon and head-butted him in the forehead, then punched assistant coach Billy Brown. Of course it would be hilarious if Griffiths pulls a Costanza, coming back to practice today as if nothing had happened. “Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?”

The on-loan Wolves star is understood to have taken exception to comments made by the Easter Road manager at the Ormiston complex.

It seems the 21-year-old striker, who is on loan until the end of the season, was disgusted at being singled out for criticism over recent displays and simply blew a fuse. The flashpoint came at the end of a stormy training session in the aftermath of Sunday’s derby defeat to Hearts.

Griffiths, who has already served a suspension for making rude gestures at fans (lovingly pictured above), has been dropped from the team, according to the Daily Mail.

And as a parting gift, someone hacked his Wikipedia page.

“On March 20 his contract with Hibs came to an abrupt end when Griffiths headbutted Pat Fenlon and punched assistant Billy Brown. He took offense when asked by Fenlon if he has any facial deformities that could explain his sheer ugliness.”

  1. dowhatifeellike - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Brilliant move. And if he’s playing in the Scottish Premier league, he’s not even that good.

  2. agelardi - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Um, you do not need to hack into Wikipedia to make an edit to someone’s page. Anyone in the world is free to do so.

  3. goforthanddie - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Who amongst us hasn’t wanted to do exactly that?