For those who don't know, Bradley Wright-Phillips has a famous father: Ian Wright, the man who was Arsenal's all-time leading scorer until Thierry Henry came along. He works in media now - mainly soccer stuff - and is a popular figure in the mainstream of the UK's soccer-celebrity industrial complex. Evidence for this? He is a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), which means he isn't quite a "Sir", but he's closer to it than most. And he has almost one million Twitter followers.
Speaking of Twitter. A couple of days ago, Ian Wright, MBE, issued an opinion about the current management of the club at which he made his name.
For the record the mere fact that Fabregas is at Chelsea when we had first option, don't care who but someone should be sacked— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 11, 2014
Harsh words. But Arsenal is having a difficult season by its standards (certainly more difficult than Chelsea's) and many fans aren't too thrilled with the club at the moment.
His wrath wasn't limited to Arsenal. He also took a moment to have it out with a bus rental company.
Wright's 955,000 Twitter followers were more interested in the Arsenal stuff. And there was more Arsenal stuff.
@IanWright0 don't even let me get started on "VERA " AT F*****G City! Another sack able offence!— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 11, 2014
Some fans, as fans are wont to do, rallied to the defense of their club. But Wright was in no mood to back down.
So disappointed with the amount of prize w*****'s who are supporting the club I love.Wish I could meet them individually.Would be carnage!— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 11, 2014
He got a few responses to that invitation.
@IanWright0 Me, you at Bergkamp's statue Saturday at noon mate.— S.A (@TheWengerPush) December 11, 2014
@IanWright0 Emirates. Saturday. 8pm. After Newcastle. Me vs you. Clashes will occur. Blood will be shed. Ready. Armoured. Destruction. KM.— Karam (@kmrdd) December 11, 2014
@IanWright0 wrighty if you wanna act hard then meet me at the emirates on saturday you'll regret this tweet mate— MaxwellAFC (@GoonerMaxwell) December 11, 2014
This might be the point where a pundit decides things have gone a little too far, and deletes a tweet or two, falls back on the "I was hacked" defense, or starts lobbying for certain individuals to be kicked off Twitter.
Not Ian Wright. He seemed to take the assault on his notifications in his stride. He owned up to the real cause of the whole affair...
@Wrightie7 tequila— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 11, 2014
...and owned every word he'd Tweeted.
No everyone not been hacked! but yes I've had a few! Many a true word spoken in drunken tongue!— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 11, 2014
One gets the impression Ian Wright and Mike Petke would get along quite well.