Bayern Leverkusen star Leon Bailey got himself in hot water after he filmed boxer Atif Tanriseven Ribera practicing at a gym and called him a "clown" in a Snapchat post.
Per George Mills in the Daily Star, Jamaican Bailey, 19, visited Belgian city Genk last weekend, where he used to play, and filmed Ribera at a local gym.
In the now-deleted Snapchat post, Bailey can be heard mocking the boxer, per Mikey Traynor of Balls.ie (Warning: posts contain profanity):
Ribera then saw the video and tracked Bailey down before confronting him about what he had done live on Facebook, per Traynor:
Per Mills, he told Bailey: "Why are you filming me? You're a clown, a fake-ass footballer. If I hear one more time, I'll break your face."
He moved from Genk to Leverkusen in January after showing fine form for the Belgian outfit. He particularly impressed in the UEFA Europa League with four goals in six appearances, per WhoScored.com.
Bailey has yet to establish himself in the Bayer first team and has played only 27 Bundesliga minutes since his transfer.
But the fact the German side spent £12.8 million to sign him is indicative of how highly they rate him, and they would likely prefer he avoided baiting professional boxers again in the future.