Footballer Joey Barton finds philosophical enlightenment at Roehampton University
Roehampton University has a slightly unexpected new student this term in the shape of controversial footballer Joey Barton.
Barton, 31, has enrolled on a philosophy course at the university, based on Roehampton Lane, which is only a few miles from QPR's Loftus Road ground.
Ater being sent out on loan last season to French side Marseille the QPR captain began using his Twitter account, where he has more than 2m followers, to quote a series of prominent philosophers.
But since 2011, Barton has been developing a reputation as one of his sport's intellectuals, debating issues ranging from the Big Society to the London riots as well as sharing musings by renowned thinkers such as Virgil, Seneca and Nietzsche.
His reaction to the riots read as follows: "Violence always comes from a place of misunderstanding and low to zero self-worth, well mine did anyway".
Many of his fans will hope his discipline in the lecture hall will be an improvement on his on-field discipline where he has received a mighty seven red cards already in his career.
Not forgetting the fact that he was jailed for six months in 2008 for punching a man 20 times in a boozy late-night attack near a McDonald’s in Liverpool.
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