This morning Spurs supporters across the world woke up to the terrible news of club captain Hugo Lloris being incarcerated for driving while intoxicated last night. The news of any of our players being arrested for such a crime would be shocking enough, but to have our captain be indicted for such a crime hurts even more. How could it be Hugo out of everyone in the team? I could understand if it was one of our younger players and that their naivety got the best of them after a late night out, but Hugo? Thirty-one year old Hugo? Tottenham and French captain for the last four years Hugo? Surely this must be some mistake, I thought to myself, when I first read the news. After checking several different sources, I finally had to swallow the pill.
Hugo Lloris was chosen by Pochettino to captain our club because of how he conducted himself on and off the pitch. He is not the loud, aggressive type of captain, like a Gerrard or a Ferdinand. Hugo leads by example. He adds a sense of professionalism to our group of young players; a level head and a calming spirit when things get hectic. He has never done anything in his tenure as captain to make me think he was not fit to wear the armband. In fact, coming off captaining France to a World Cup triumph in the summer only seemed to strengthen his class and qualities as a successful leader. However, last night seriously hurt Hugo’s merits as a captain. Hugo leads by example. Last night the example he set was atrocious and appalling. Drink driving is never acceptable no matter who you are, but especially not for the captain of a football team. Especially not for a father of two. Especially not for our Hugo.
Pochettino has some major decisions to make in the following days. Hugo needs to be reprimanded. I believe Hugo would want to be punished for his actions last night. He knows just as well as we do that this behavior is unacceptable. Whether or not he remains Tottenham’s captain in the future is most definitely in question. Maybe it is time to pass the torch to Harry Kane. All I know is that Hugo joined us in 2012, a very dim time in the life of any Spurs player or fan. The negativity around the club at that time was palpable, but Hugo stuck around. He was one of the best goalkeepers in the world at that time and could have gone anywhere he wanted, but Hugo stuck around. He saw something special in Tottenham and stuck with us through the bad times. He had faith in Tottenham. Now, the negativity will be swirling around Hugo and this incident. It is our turn to repay Hugo’s loyalty to our club with loyalty of our own. He is our captain. I do not condone his actions, but I stick by Hugo just as he stuck by Tottenham all those years ago.
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