West Ham striker Michail Antonio has spoken out for the first time on the incident that led to him crashing his Lamborghini sports car on Christmas Day – while he was wearing a snowman suit!
The Hammers attacker has been in fine form this season and netted the winner on Tuesday night as West Brom were beaten 2-1.
The result ensures West Ham secured a fourth straight win to kick-off 2021. David Moyes’ side now sit seventh in the table. They are two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and look well placed to push for European football.
Antonio himself has endured an excellent season, though he’s had to sit out a few games through injury. When fit though, he’s been one of the first names on Moyes’ team sheet.
Indeed, his goal on Tuesday took his tally to four goals in 10 Premier League appearances.
However, it’s not all been a bed of roses for Antonio this season. He blotted his copybook on Christmas Day after a high-profile crash in his Lamborghini.
The incident made many of the national papers – especially as Antonio was wearing a snowman suit at the time.
Now Antonio has given his side of the story for the first time.
“It was Christmas Day. Still to this day it has hurt me. I miss that car,” Antonio, speaking with On The Judy Podcast, said.
“Basically, obviously I was driving – slippery road. In the car, it corners nicely, it holds the road, so was going 30/35mph on a 30mph road. It holds corners so I think I don’t need to break, I’m just gonna go round the corner like I do all the time. Sick car.
“But as I go round the corner, it skids. So as it skids, I sh*t myself and I slam on the brakes – worst thing you could do on ice. Slam on the brakes, you just speed up, you’re meant to just go with it kinda thing. Slam on the brakes, skid, I’ve just gone up the curb, but I don’t really remember it, everything just happened so fast.
“Then smoke comes out of the front of the car. The engine is in the back so I’m thinking ‘the car is gonna blow up!’, even though it’s just the airbags. I’m then having to jump out of the passenger side of the tiny car. It’s a madness.
“And the thing is, I was in a snowman costume as well. I don’t get why I didn’t take it off in there, sort it out.”
Antonio confiscated people’s phones
The accident saw Antonio’s car reportedly cause damage to a house, leaving Antonio with a bigger bill to pay.
He added: “I was confiscating people’s phones saying ‘Give me your phone! Give me your phone!’ I was taking peoples’ phones!
“The only person’s phone that I didn’t take, was the owner of the house and she was the one that came out blogging. Wasn’t even her garden! She lives around the corner, that was attached to the garden. But she sold the story saying ‘Lamborghini in my garden’, and then she sold the story again this year!
“I was struggling to get insurance this year. No-one wanted to insure me! I had to go to a specialist insurance company, so my insurance this year is a madness! I’ve got a G63 now. They were offering me £10,000 for an A3 to insure, or get a G63 and pay double the price but get to drive a G63 instead of an A3. I’d rather pay £20,000 and drive a G63 rather than pay £10,000 and drive an A3.”
Michail Antonio was speaking with On The Judy Podcast
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