Online casino and gambling operator Kindred Group has produced a series – ‘Stay In Control’ – featuring former English football team’s captain Wayne Rooney. The show is aimed at promoting responsible gambling. Kindred has partnered with Wayne Rooney for the show through its online gambling brand 32Red.
The first episode of the series featuring Rooney was hosted at the Championship side Derby County training facility.
It is here where Rooney trains as a player and offers his services as a coach. In the first episode, professional footballer Scott Davies is also seen along with Rooney. He delivers a responsible gambling message and explains his work with Epic Risk Management.
Rooney can be seen “offering insight into the role played during his time as a young adult who had to spend a significant amount of time away from home.”
In the first episode, the former English captain also responds to a quote made in his autobiography that read “I had an idea I was doing badly and did what most gamblers do, I chased my bets and tried to recoup my losses by putting on bigger sums.”
Rooney commented: “I was a young lad [who had] just come into a lot of money. And when you go away with Manchester United, to an away game, you stay in a hotel, and especially when you’re away with England, you’re in a hotel for seven to 10 days, you get bored and you end up doing things to fill time, and at that time gambling was one of them.
“It was easy to put bets on and at that time, it wasn’t like I had to into a bookies to put bets on where there were limits, this was over the phone where it was just numbers and it didn’t feel like real money and before you know it, you’ve lost quite a bit of money.”
For many, Rooney’s associations with a gambling company are just unacceptable. When he had inked a partnership deal with Kindred’s brand 32Red back in August last year, the Church Of England has slammed the English football star.
At that time, Dr. Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, had condemned Rooney’s decision and had said that he should have had considered his fans over bank balance.