Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The car belonging to Rangers player DaMarcus Beasley was subject to a fire-bomb attack outside the midfielder's home on Tuesday evening in Glasgow.

Beasley is the owner of a BMW 650i that was parked on a residential street when it was suddenly attacked.

The incident to the Indiana native's vehicle is the second time in the last 13 months that his car has been vandalized.

Police reports say that the attackers pulled up outside Beasley's vehicle and threw a bomb into the car before leaving the scene.

The former PSV Eindhoven commented that, at this time, he is personally unable to give any descriptions of what he saw transpire.

"I don't have any comment," Beasley divulged to YA. "The police and the club have said it's better not to."

This is the second time this season that police have had to investigate an incident targeting an American player with Rangers.

Maurice Edu was subject to racial taunts following an October match outside Ibrox Stadium, an incident with Glasgow police are still investigating.

Like last fall's Edu situation, Rangers were quick to also condemn Tuesday's attack.

"This is a disturbing and deplorable incident and the Club will do everything we can to assist the Police with their investigations," Rangers spokeswoman Carol Patton told YA.

Beasley is currently out with a thigh injury and hopes to return to action in the next two weeks.
Ally Glen
Friday February 5, 2010 7:46 am
Why is everyone assuming that it's got to be either a racist or sectarian attack? Are you all that sensitive that when a guy who happens to be black has his car vandalised, it's automatically because of the colour of his skin?

It may turn out there was a racial/sectarian element to this, but having spent a lot of time in Glasgow (which most of you don't seem able to say) I would suggest that drunken teenagers were more likely the cause than deep-seated racial hatred.

As far as being behind the racial curve goes, I can confrim that we have actually had black people in scotland for a while now, and that they don't get their cars firebombed as a matter of course.
Thursday February 4, 2010 1:04 pm
It only takes a couple idiots to make a whole city look bad. Having not been to Scotland, I feel safe assuming the people there find this just as outrageous and deplorable as us yankees. That said, I've never heard of an american athlete having his car fire bombed, and that DID happen, the assumption would be that it was someone who knew him personally that did it, not that it was racist. Your later comments clarified what you meant, parrot, but yea...if it was ever determined that a star american athlete had his property targeted due to race, it would be a national story for weeks, so just like you're asking us not to jump to conclusion about glasgow, don't assume stuff like this happens in america either.
Thursday February 4, 2010 9:13 am
"I'm sure he has faced worse in America"

— Parrot

Wednesday February 3, 2010 11:13 pm

Not trying to upset you or anything but your comments about my country are somewhat ignorant. DaMarcus Beasley is no more or less likely to encounter racial issues in the US or Scotland.

I do however agree with your assessment that more than likely this is hooliganism. The best way to compare football in Scotland to anything in America is like saying it's Yankees-Redsox all the time, or Auburn-Alabama all the time. Rangers-Celtic rivalries is one of the largest in all sports in the world. There is a sad history of this kind of behavior in Glasgow and what some of these hooligans need to realize is all their behavior does is detract from the game. The reason we have athletics is to bring people together, not tear them apart.
Wednesday February 3, 2010 3:54 pm
The point I was making was that Beasley had more chance of suffering racial abuse in America than in Scotland. This will have been a sectarian attack because he plays for rangers. Race is irrelevant as so many rangers and Celtic players have been attacked whether with death threats vandilism or being attacked while out at night. Glasgow is so different and the rivalry is so hatefull between both sides. Also there is no way a rangers fan did this beasley was playing great before his injury and is important. My point was that this wouldn't have been race related, sectarianism is a huge problem in Glasgow which boils down to the color u wear. It's a sad part of Glasgow and Scottish football
John M.
Wednesday February 3, 2010 2:31 pm
Dear Parrot:

"Glasgow isn't a racist city though far from it so don't jump to conclusions when I'm sure he has faced worse in America"

OK, how many times has Damarcus had his car firebombed in the US?

BTW, I don't think Glasgow is a racist city but I'm pretty sure the idiots who did this were motivated at least partly by race.
Ben H
Wednesday February 3, 2010 1:36 pm
Wow!!! He's not even playing, so I can't imagine its hooliganism from Celtic or another opposing team. Since he is not an impact player I have to believe this racial/nationalistic based hatred from Rangers fans... Very disturbing...
Iain Bratt
Wednesday February 3, 2010 1:22 pm
I doubt whether race and skin colour are the issue here. Allan McGregor, Kevin Thomson, and Kenny Miller have all had their cars targeted in the past. Hopefully it is not sectarian.
Wednesday February 3, 2010 12:56 pm
People shouldn't jump on saying this is down to beasleys race. This will be purely for the fact he plays for rangers. Lots of footballers have been attacked because they play for the wrong side. Glasgow is very passionate about football and unfortunatly that boils over. Both sides hate each other like you wouldn't imagine which adds to the games. Beasley has become a big player for us so he becomes a big target for the other side. Glasgow isn't a racist city though far from it so don't jump to conclusions when I'm sure he has faced worse in America
Alex Gish
Wednesday February 3, 2010 12:43 pm
I feel the same as the previous two commentors. Does anyone have some answers as to why Scotland is doing this to them?
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