Anorak | Manchester City’s Garry Cook Is A Victim Of Football’s Cancer: Dr Anthonia Onuoha’s 11 Months Of Pain

Manchester City’s Garry Cook Is A Victim Of Football’s Cancer: Dr Anthonia Onuoha’s 11 Months Of Pain

by | 7th, September 2011

MORE on that message sent from Manchester City Chief executive Garry Cook’s email account to Dr Anthonia Onuoha, mother of City defender Nedum Onuoha. The email did the undoable and made light of the woman’s cancer. Dr Onuoha, you will recall, found it necessary to speak of her cancer in an email to City’s football administrator Brian Marwood in the context of negotiations over her son’s role at the club she also acts as his agent.

She said her body was “ravaged with cancer and ongoing chemotherapy but my intellectual  and mental capacities remain fully functional…”

Two weeks later she received this email singed “G”:

“Brian. Ravaged with it!!……I don’t now how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at nike.”

Dr Onuoha was upset by this pathetic and crass reply. Eleven months later she told media:

“When I opened up my e-mails and saw the message, it was the worst day of my life, even worse than being diagnosed with cancer.”

Eleven months after the worst day of her life the woman complained to the Premier League and the FA. She added:

“I just cried and cried for hours. I’m critically ill and at that point I was undergoing chemotherapy. I was just so shocked but I couldn’t tell Nedum or any of my family because I didn’t know how they would react.”

But now she can tell him. And she can tell you. What changed? Has she got better? We don’t know.

Nedum Onuoha remains on City’s books. He earns £38,000-a-week. He’s on the bench and unlikely to play much. He could have been transferred to Everton or Sunderland. But he wasn’t. Rumours are that the buying clubs didn’t want to match the player’s wages at City and City would not make up the shortfall. So he stays at City on his big salary.

Is that why we have heard only now about this email horror? Is the cancer the stick that beat Garry Cook and Manchester City? There is no coming back from cancer it’s the big taboo. Mocking a cancer sufferer is viewed as a universal low. The cancer sufferer is a victim. They cannot be anything else.

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