Joey Barton goes beyond parody: “I will gladly go to jail for a month”
It was a pleasant surprise to see that before the serious Premier League business of the day, Joey Barton took it upon himself to be the day’s comedy warm-up act by claiming on Twitter that he would “gladly go to jail” in order to protect “free speech.”
The QPR midfielder was referring to his comments made on the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand case earlier in the week, which could be classed as contempt of court. Barton has since deleted the tweets – a strange course of action for a man reportedly prepared to go to the Big House for them.
This morning, Barton tweeted: ”I will gladly go to jail for a month, in the name of free speech. I have no problem with what I said. Make me a martyr…….” Oh, please, somebody.
“What are they going to do put everyone who exercises freedom of speech in jail? They’ll be a revolution, if they try that shit.” I’m not sure who the “they” who will “be a revolution” Barton refers to are here.
As was noted on Twitter, if followers were equal to circulation, then Barton would be the third-biggest newspaper in England. He’s certainly the third-biggest something in England.