Remember when Paul Gascoigne went to the aid of killer Raoul Moat when he was cornered by police back in 2010?
Well Gazza has now revealed the reasoning behind his trip to the scene of the siege, saying he went to help Moat because he mistakenly thought he was his brother after a massive cocaine binge.
Moat was being hunted by police after blinding officer David Rathband, then shooting his ex-partner Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Chris Brown. He eventually shot and fatally wounded himself after a six-hour stand-off with local police in Northumberland, The Independent reported.
While the stand-off was underway Gascoigne found himself at the scene in his dressing gown, laden with a fishing rod, some cans of lager and a cooked chicken.
The former England footballer – who’s recovering from his addiction to drink and drugs – has now revealed in comments reported by The Mirror that he was incredibly high at the time.
You’ve got to realise I’m half cut anyway, sitting in the living room, I’ve got about six lines [of cocaine] lined up.
I’m not realising much but a good line and me and Raoul Moat are sort of friends. A couple more lines and we are good buddies.
A few whiskies, another few lines, I’ve had about eight lines and we went to school together.
Another line and I have a couple of fishing rods and a chicken. He’s going to need a drink. I’ve had 14 lines now and he’s my brother.
I’ve got my fishing rods, I’ve got Barbour jacket, I’ve got my four cans, I’ve got my chicken. My chicken is important because he must be starving.
After travelling to where Moat was cornered by police, Gascoigne was told to ‘just go home’ by an officer. He then went off to sleep with a bottle of whisky, and remembered nothing from the previous night when he woke up.
Until he looked at his phone that is, and – noticing how many missed calls he had – turned on Sky News:
I was like — what have I done? I’ve got a chicken by my side, fishing rods, a Barbour, I’m like fuck me I must have done something.
I turn on Sky News — Paul Gascoigne was there last night.
So there you go, the mystery of Gazza, Moaty and the chicken is finally solved.