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Snapchat Used to Blackmail English Football Player

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If you're going to video yourself doing something sordid, it's probably best to keep that video well clear of things like Snapchat. An unnamed English footballer has had to get the police involved after a video of him participating in a threesome with a woman and another man (otherwise known as a devil's threesome, for reasons I shouldn't have to explain) turned up on Snapchat, affixed with a blackmail threat.

Supposedly, the other man involved rather ill-advisedly tried to send an 8-second-clip of the act to a childhood friend. That's a friend who he's had since childhood, not a friend who is a child, I feel like I should make that clear. Anyway, somebody else got ahold of it and used a third party app to save the clip, and that's when the real fun began.

It circulated around a few of the player in question's other friends until he was contacted by the alleged extortionist, who threatened to put it out publicly. The video supposedly shows the other man first filming the footballer's face, then moving camera to show our anonymous protagonist having an act performed upon his person by the third party. I'll be honest, when I read the headline I was expecting something a little bit more salacious than that, but I guess the way his identity is being so closely guarded, it's probably someone pretty well known.

Sad to say, this kind of thing happens quite a lot. Not so much sad because this kind of thing goes on, everyone is entitled to a private life, just sad that it can end up providing leverage for blackmail, damaging reputations or even getting people fired. There's no getting around the fact that you would have to be monumentally stupid to share a sexually explicit video of you and your friend on Snapchat, so if said friend happens to be famous, and in a line of work easily jeopardised by such a thing, there isn't even a word that accurately describes the levels of stupidity reached. Easily over 9000.

It's an unpleasant (if amusing) reminder that a lot of people have become so used to sharing every aspect of their lives online, they've forgotten that there is a distinct difference between telling somebody about something, or even just showing them something in person, and actually sending it. Once you hit that button, all bets are off. At least we can sure there are now 2 people in the world that won't forget that little life lesson in a hurry.



Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF


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Snapchat Used to Blackmail English Football Player Reviewed by Callum Davies on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Rating: 5

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