James McClean’s brother Patrick has leapt to the defence of his Stoke City playing sibling after the 30-year-old was fined two weeks wages and made to delete his Instagram account when he published a controversial post.
The Republic of Ireland international has come under fire from the press once again after he posted an image of himself homeschooling his children in which he wore a balaclava and described it as a ‘history lesson’.
The post was later deleted and the midfielder has since received death threats in response with some internet trolls wishing serious illness on his children – and even death.
“James can take stick all day but when it comes to the kids, that’s too far,” said his brother, Patrick, as he spoke to Derry Journal.
“It’s been eight years of non-stop abuse, day-in, day-out. He’s tried to have a joke and he’s been fined two weeks’ wages and made to delete his account – and his kids are now getting death threats.
“I’m defending my brother. I’m defending my family. Those are my nieces and nephew who are being talked about.
“It’s always bad press he gets but nothing can justify the death threats or the nasty abuse his family and kids get. That’s just not right.
“One of the people giving abuse has been messaging me since I put up a post, telling me he’s now getting nasty messages and threats himself and has asked me to please take it down. Imagine getting that for years. He’s asking me to take down his post after just a couple of days of it.” he explained.