Jonathan Walters Hits Back At Roy Keane After Criticism For 'Crying' On Television
Former Burnley striker Jon Walters has responded to Roy Keane laying into him for 'crying on TV'.
During an appearance on the Late Late Show in Ireland earlier this year, Walters told of how he struggled to cope with his mother's passing when he was just 11 years of age.
In an emotional interview, he also talked about his brother dying in 2018, his wife suffering a miscarriage and his daughter Scarlett being diagnosed with scoliosis in what Walters called a "triple-whammy".
Keane referenced that in a recent on-stage appearance with Off The Ball in Dublin after talking about the very heated falling out with Walters and Harry Arter over their reduced training programmes when he was Ireland assistant manager to Martin O'Neill.
The former Manchester United skipper got extremely personal and Walters, having originally reacted in jest on Twitter, responded this week as part of the 'Liquid Football' podcast and YouTube show he appears on with Steve Sidwell and Kelly Cates.
"The football side of it I can take, his medals and all of that, it really doesn't bother me," Walters said on the JOE podcast.
"He doesn't get to me one bit and that is what bothers him the most, that I snub him. That might get to him, I don't know.
"The other stuff is a bit close to the bone. What he went into, the crying on TV, that is something that I never expected. To go there, whether he meant it or not - he probably did - it didn't bother me, but it just shows a side of him that I know.
"There are other things he said I can take it, but don't lie. I don't claim to be a tough guy, I stand up to bullies.
I don't know why people pay attention, why they get worried. Yes, he was an unbelievable player, he was known as a hard man on the pitch or a tough guy.
"Just because someone has a sharp tongue or a stare doesn't make them a tough guy. My brother-in-law was a marine commando, went to war. He's a tough guy."
Walters and Keane worked together when he was manager of Ipswich in what appeared to kick off the long-running feud between the pair.