Jermaine Pennant’s wild moments – including Sky Sports axe and Monopoly sex game

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Jermaine Pennant has never been far from controversy.

The former Champions League finalist with Liverpool is back in the headlines after his wife, glamour model Alice Goodwin, announced their split after nine years together.

The pair have been in the spotlight in recent years since the release of Pennant's explosive autobiography and his controversial exploits as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018.

But it seems his recent behaviour has been somewhat tame compared to some of his exploits during his younger days as a wild child who emerged from the Arsenal academy.

Here, StarSport take a look at Pennant's wildest and most controversial moments.

 

Jeremy Kyle Show

Jermaine Pennant's relationship with Alice Goodwin has come to an end – and it perhaps shouldn't come as a big surprise.

The pair appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show to discuss problems in their relationship back in 2018, before the show was cancelled.

They discussed Goodwin's past as a webcam girl and Pennant's behaviour when he appeared flirtatious with other contestants on Celebrity Big Brother.

He refused to do a lie detector on the show, jokingly walking off before returning and reassuring his wife he would oblige in private.

I’m alright. I’m good," Pennant said as he returned to his chair. "But I’m not coming on the show to do one. Behind closed doors."

Infamous Monopoly sex game

Jermaine Pennant made headlines when details of an infamous 'Monopoly' game amongst friends emerged.

He lifted the lid on how they used to get 'revenge' on girls who would sleep with multiple members of their group by paying each other 'rent' depending on the 'value' of the girls.

He said: "We used to call it Monopoly. You have your “properties”, all different standards. You’ve got Mayfair (top quality) and Old Kent Road (the lower standard – no one wants to be there).

"So we would gauge each girl as a property on the Monopoly board. If she was fit and famous then she’s high property, worth a lot, possibly Bond Street or Mayfair.

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"Then there was a girl a lot of the lads had been with and she would be Old Kent Road. You get the gist.

"It worked like this. If I slept with any girl and then any of the other lads slept with her afterwards, they would have to pay me “rent”: if she was Mayfair, they would have to pay me £100; for Old Kent Road it would be £14.

"I remember one of the lads coming up to me and saying: “Here’s 14 quid.” I started laughing and just went, “Old Kent Road!”

"Then, out of the blue, one of the lads would say to me: “J, you owe me some money.” I’d ask why and they’d say, “Lucy – you owe me £20.”

Threesomes with Ashley Cole

Pennant also claimed he had numerous threesomes with former England star Ashley Cole.

"The number of times Ashley Cole and I had threesomes!," he wrote in his autobiography.

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"He lived in Canary Wharf and I forget the girl’s name now, but we brought her back and she was just up for it.

"We were high-fiving each other over her back. We had a little tea break and then went at it again. They just don’t care."

Forgetting Porsche

Jermaine Pennant left a Porsche behind when he left Real Zaragoza to join Stoke City at 2010.

Club bosses reportedly had to break into the vehicle after it was identified as his having been left at Zaragoza Train Station racking up parking fines for five months.

Pennant claimed he had 'forgotten' about the vehicle and the fact it was his, although he offered more detail on the infamous incident in an interview in January.

"I had to take a train to Madrid to fly to Manchester to sign the agreement with Stoke City, I was going to miss the train, so I just left my Porsche Cayenne there [in Zaragoza] and left the keys in the glove compartment," Pennant explained in an interview with El Periodico de Aragon.

"I knew I wasn't going to go back, I didn't feel too bad to leave such an expensive car; I told my translator Fernando to go to the station and get the car.

"The poor man had to pay almost 500 euros as a fine, he was amazed and thought I was crazy for leaving an open Porsche abandoned."

Hooked from Sky Sports

Pennant was taken off air on Sky Sports News during the transfer window earlier this year.

He appeared to slur his words as he featured in a transfer talk segment of the show and began directing questions at other guests.

He vanished before the end of the programme with producers later confirmed he was axed mid-show.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: “Jermaine Pennant was a guest on Sky Sports News this morning. 

“A decision by our production team was made to take Jermaine off the programme before its conclusion because his performance on-air failed to meet our production standards.”

Playing in a tag

Early in his career, Pennant made headlines by playing in a Premier League game whilst wearing an electronic tag.

He was already serving a 16-month drink driving ban when he was arrested and charged again for drink-driving after crashing his uninsured Mercedes into a lampost in Aylesbury in January 2005.

The then-22-year-old pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving whilst disqualified, serving 30 days of a 90 day jail term in prison after being released on parole.

Immediately able to return to playing for Birmingham City, he was required to wear a tag at all times including whilst on the pitch.

Grand Theft Auto car chase

In his autobiography, Pennant recalled being caught up in a high-speed car chase during his time as an Arsenal player.

He says he feared for his life in scenes likened to the famous Grand Theft Auto video game as two unidentified cars tried to force his friend's car off the road before they managed to escape.

“It was like being trapped in a game of Grand Theft Auto. My friend was swerving left and right as the car behind was bumping into us," Pennant wrote.

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