When Joey Barton met Michael Barrymore – what really happened
TABLOID Spin of The Week award goes to the Daily Star, which spotted that Michael Barrymore had tweeted QPR bad boy Joey Barton, recently in the news for behaving badly on the pitch at Manchester City. The Daily Star thundered:
“MICHAEL BARRYMORE: I’LL CURE JOEY BARTON DEMONS AWIGHT!”
Jerry Lawton told Star readers:
“Joey Barton was last night offered help tackling his demons by Michael Barrymore.”
Did he make that offer? Well, not on twitter.
The Star spotted that Barrymore had tweeted Barton on May 14:
Michael Barrymore @MrBarrymore @Joey7Barton Hello Joey, you ok?
To Lawton @Star this becomes:
“FOOTBALL hothead Joey Barton was last night offered help tackling his demons by Michael Barrymore.”
Barry then tweeted:
@Joey7Barton Tell me about it!
Barton never replied to Barrymore via twitter. One tweeter did, however, comment:
sacco @daftlad30 hahaha @MrBarrymore is going to sort @Joey7Barton out more like sort his arse out the big fag
Undaunted by facts, Lawton presses on:
Later, when asked if he would like to advise Barton, Barrymore replied: “It would be a pleasure!”
We looked but we can find no tweet from Barrymore saying that. Maybe he spoke to the Star directly. Only, the Star reports:
Last night he [Barrymore] was unavailable for comment.
Such are the facts…