Wayne Hennessey has taken to Twitter to explain why he didn’t in fact make a Nazi salute in a photo posted from Saturday evening by his teammate Max Meyer on Instagram.
It seems the team were out for a group meal following their 1-0 win over League Two side Grimsby in the FA Cup; on the far left-hand side Hennessey appears to be making a highly inappropriate gesture whilst posing for the snap but late last night, the Wales international moved to explain the unfortunate turn of events via social media.
Yesterday evening I had a meal with my team mates and we had a group photograph. I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry. It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a
— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019
There’s no getting around the fact that the photo itself doesn’t paint the best of pictures for Wayne but the mere fact that he’s been provoked into releasing a statement on the matter highlights how quickly interest has gathered in the incident. It goes without saying that, if he did do the gesture for “banter” purposes, it’s a wholly disgusting and pathetic attempt at humour but with the man himself suggesting that it’s nothing more than an extremely poorly timed freeze-frame, this is a story which is likely to run more than before.
It’s difficult to know which stance to take on this matter as someone who isn’t privy to Wayne’s day to day character, not to mention the fact that I wasn’t there when the photo was taken. Does it look terrible? Yes. Does his excuse seem flimsy at best? Yes. Can we say with absolute certainty that he is lying? No. Both Hennessey and the club will now no doubt hope that the storm which the image has created will soon blow over but for at least the next 48 hours, we can all expect it to be rather big news.
I suppose Wayne himself should be thankful in some ways that he appears to have lost the number one spot to Vicente Guaita in recent weeks. Were he to be in between the sticks when Palace next take the field against Watford at Selhurst Park this Saturday, the media glare would have acted as a significant distraction to him from the matter at hand.