The story started that Andy Carroll attacked and subsequently broke Steven Taylor's jaw in a training ground bust up. The story developed that Andy Carroll punched Steven Taylor's jaw because he had been texting Andy Carroll's ex-girlfriend. The story developed further to include that it had divided the camp completely and that many were not on speaking terms with either party.
As we all know, the media industry has a tendency of snowballing stories and blowing them up into a huge frenzy, which further detracts from the original events. This story is no different.
This story also has an interesting subject. Being Newcastle United, a team who until this season had rolled from one crisis to another, this was same old story. A team full of hotheads and duds, Chris Hughton had somehow managed to galvanize the team into a cohesive unit. So it was only natural that heads spun today, mainly because this season Newcastle had shown just that, cohesion and belief. It was quite odd; out of character.
Fans can only hope that it won't effect team spirit too much. They are on the cusp of promotion to the big league, a place where, to many fans, Newcastle United belongs. Fans can only hope that Carroll and Taylor will patch up their differences, for the good of the team, for the good of the club in general.
And what of these two players. Carroll has form. He has been arrested twice for affray and assault. Steven Taylor hasn't got form for fighting, and I'm afraid I can't really comment on his relationships, but this whole sorry saga is an indictment of a whole breed of footballers. Footballers who act like children, but with bigger wallets, bigger cars, and bigger houses than your average 10-year-old. The days of footballers being respected idols, are seemingly long gone.