Following an investigation into Mason Greenwood’s behavior, Manchester United’s leadership bowed to pressure and fired him. At just 21 years old, this player was previously named one of the most valuable players in Europe’s top five leagues, scoring 35 goals in 129 games. His illustrious career has now taken a downward and backward turn. Greenwood admitted he “made mistakes” and accepted his “share of responsibility” in a statement, but added, “I did not do the things I was accused of.” We are reminded of the biblical principle of accountability. According to Galatians 6:7, we will reap what we sow – our actions have consequences that affect everything around us.
Remember to stay humble if the stars align for you at a young age and you achieve massive success. Without discipline and discretion, talent will always lead to disaster. Greenwood was sent home from England duty in September 2020 for violating COVID-19 protocols by inviting two women to the team hotel. Manchester United warned Greenwood in October 2020 for lateness and indiscipline. He was then arrested in January 2022 on suspicion of rape, and several other allegations. On the one hand, it would be nice to see him get another shot at the top, but the kid needs to slow down and learn that talent is meaningless without character.
This incident forces us to consider our own lives. Have you accepted accountability for your actions? Are you going about your daily life aware that there will be consequences (both positive and negative) for every action you take? Are you even willing to admit your flaws and ask for forgiveness? How can we show compassion and support to those working for positive change? Above all, let us consider Proverbs 1:32 (NIV), “For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.” It is not over for Mason Greenwood. At just 21 years, there is potential for growth and redemption.