Jonas Gutierrez’s mother has claimed she considered committing suicide and leaving a note outside St James’ Park.
Newcastle United released Gutierrez at the end of the 2014/15 season, just four months after the Argentinian had recovered from testicular cancer.
Now, the winger is suing the club for £2m, claiming the Magpies used his medical condition as an excuse to not play him – and subsequently deny him the chance of earning an automatic one-year contract extension.
Monica Montore – who also acts as her son’s manager – claims the treatment of her son caused her such distress that she considered taking her own life, and leaving a note outside St James’ Park for club officials.
Speaking at her son’s employment tribunal in Birmingham, Montore said:
I was so distressed at what they had done to Jonas that I just wanted to take my own life at the club’s door.
I was going to leave a letter to say what a terrible way they had treated Jonas.
He returns from his operation to have lost a testicle — from a hit on Newcastle’s pitch…he returns from that operation and they throw him out like a bad dog.
Gutierrez spent nine years at Newcastle, after signing from Spanish side Mallorca in 2008, but was released after then manager John Carver informed him over the phone.
To make it worse, Carver originally rang Ryan Taylor – another Newcastle player who was being released – before asking him to pass the phone to Jonas so he could be informed too.
The manner of the news allegedly caused Ms. Montore to suffer a breakdown, and she discussed her extreme idea with her son’s lawyer, Colin Pomford.
I told Colin that I felt so desperate and low about the situation that I considered harming myself.
I asked Colin what the club would do if I were to commit suicide at the stadium, leaving a note explaining that this was due to the despair that I felt about the discrimination my son was facing by the club.
Looking back, even expressing such thoughts looks extreme but I cannot deny that it happened and it brings back very clear memories.
Ms. Montore also denies the club kept contact with the player while he was recovering in Argentina, claiming no more than one email was sent between Newcastle and Gutierrez.
It’s not as if Newcastle needed anymore bad publicity, but they’ve got it with this.