Crystal Palace's Wayne Hennessey is under fire this week after an image was found on Instagram of the goalkeeper appearing to throw up a Nazi salute during a team party. Both the club and the English FA are going to do investigations in order to uncover the facts and dish out any potential punishment.
This whole issue began this weekend after said image was released on Max Meyer's Instagram Live. Meyer, a Crystal Palace midfielder and a German citizen, was soon inundated with countless comments remarking that the 31-year-old Welshman was possibly doing a gesture not only distasteful for all sane human beings but also illegal in Germany.
Hennessey took to Twitter to explain himself a day later, and in the history of social media explanations and apologies, his story takes the cake as perhaps the most assinine and downright insane. The embattled goalkeeper said that "Yesterday (Saturday) morning I had a meal with my teammates 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."
He added in a continuation that "It's been brought to my attention that frozen in a moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute. I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace, Wayne."
Now far be it from us to doubt Hennessey; I mean, it's not like we were invited to the party. It honestly reads like something a young child would say if their parents asked whether or not they said a bad word under their breath. They'll latch on to the first thing that makes any sense.
We will continue to monitor this situation as it rolls on and will be sure to let you all know what the result of all of this is. While it's not up to us whether or not Hennessey should or will be punished, we will air on the side that he probably will be fined by either entity.