When you've played for a targeted soccer club like Arsenal, you're never safe.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown found that out the hard way on Monday, working as an ESPN analyst before Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Leeds in the FA Cup.
Talking with ESPN presenter Rebecca Lowe and former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage, Keown received a ball straight to the dome.
This was no accident, folks. Leeds fans had already been jeering Keown before the incredible kick. When he turned to the field to see where the ball had come from, he was met with Leeds players clapping their hands in celebration.
Keown, who took plenty of headers throughout his career, was noticeably perturbed at first, but then, as cool as a cucumber, gave a "friendly" thumbs-up to the Leeds players.
When asked by Lowe if he was alright, Keown simply said, "Yeah, just about—they can keep doing it."
Now that's the kind of poise fit for a champion!
Keown, 45, is a well-known figure in soccer. He made over 300 appearances for Arsenal during his career and won nine trophies, as well as representing England in two World Cups. That kind of success grants you a lot of friends...and, apparently, a lot of enemies.
Of course, Keown got the last laugh, as Arsenal went on to win, 1-0, after Thierry Henry came off the bench to score in the 78th minute.
I'm sure Keown gave Leeds fans a thumbs-up after the game.