Wayne Rooney's arrest over drunken arrest at Washington airport jeopardises £6m in sponsorship deals — and scares Coleen

Wayne Rooney's arrest over drunken arrest at Washington airport jeopardises £6m in sponsorship deals — and scares Coleen

January 12, 2019

The England legend, 33, is said to be making promises about his future behaviour to backers after being nicked for public intoxication at a Washington airport last month.





He netted a mega-money deal with marketing giant Octagon last summer — lining up a string of endorsements to push the “Team Rooney” brand.

He also has tie-ups with Nike and bosses at America’s Major League Soccer — where he now plays with DC United — are said to be disappointed by the striker’s lapse.

A source said: “Both Wayne and Coleen know that advertisers will walk away if there’s any question marks over his behaviour. In the US, image is so important.”

Wayne triggered a door alarm and was said to have sworn at officials after mixing booze and sleeping pills on a 14-hour flight from Saudi Arabia.




Sources say Coleen, 32, has told pals she is worried what will happen to his drinking once he quits football. They added: “Coleen can’t help but worry about how Wayne will fill his time. He’s a nice lad, but a liability when he has a drink.

“She is always upset when he does something very public that humiliates her and the family. She knows she is being judged just as much as him. It’s something she can’t change and it drives her mad.”

Coleen is also said to find life mundane at their rented home in Bethesda, Maryland — a world away from her wag’s life in Cheshire — and is missing her family in Liverpool.

The source said: “Moving to America was supposed to be a fresh start, but Wayne’s behaviour has put them back in the spotlight. It also tarnished the family brand they’ve been working hard to build in the US.”

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