If you know someone who's at the end of their tether and on the brink of suicide what would you do? In the case of Terry Venables and Paul Gascoigne, Venables has told his story to The Sun. He says...
"I have thought long and hard about doing this piece about a person I regard as my friend. I don't want to be a grass and I don't want to look like a hanger on, leeching off Gazza's notoriety... Whether this is the right way forward, I don't know. But I believe shocking Paul into the truth and into the gravity of his situation might help."
So a man who threatened to kill himself a few days ago is going to be helped by appearing on the front page of The Sun. What a shameless betrayal by a so-called friend. I have always thought Terry Venables was a thoroughly decent bloke. No longer.
I wonder how many pieces of silver he received for this article. Normally, if there is no payment, this is made clear at the end, or there's a sentence saying the fee had been donated to charity. Not in this case.
UPDATE: Several people in the comments have mentioned that Terry Venables has paid for Gazza's treatment at the Priory. Obviously that's a wonderful thing for him to have done and he deserves full praise for it. I still don't think this Sun piece helps.