“Somebody used the C-word and I was like ‘Nah’…” – Moses Odubajo on dealing with social media abuse at Sheffield Wednesday
Moses Odubajo says that he tries not to get caught up in the whirlwind of social media, especially after a bad game, but admits that there was one message he couldn’t ignore.
Odubajo has had a turbulent spell at Wednesday since making the move from Brentford under Steve Bruce, but his recent performances have led to plenty of praise from the Owls fanbase as he looks to have found some form in recent months.
The 27-year-old wingback has been a standout performer on Wednesday’s current run of five games without defeat, but it’s certainly not been plain sailing for the former Hull City man.
At one point, ‘Mo’ says that he had to reply to one fan who he felt was too disrespectful in his criticisms, but admits that critics is part of the job.
Speaking recently to the On The Judy podcast, Odubajo said, “When you’re a footballer you’re in the public eye, and you’re an entertainer - if you don’t entertain then there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like it.
“I knew it’d be an uphill battle, and if I replied to one then I’d have to reply to another.
“There was a time when I did reply, actually. Somebody used the c-word, and I was like ‘Nah, in what walk of life does somebody get called a c*** and you don’t retaliate?’.
I replied, I said something like, ‘In any job you’re in, that word should never leave your mouth. It doesn’t make it right, and I know I’m not having the greatest of games, but have some respect’.
“Some fans jumped in to back me then, then after that they’ve gone back to hammering me - but in a polite way! I ducked back out then because I didn’t want to see all that.”
The defender is expected to feature once again for the Owls this coming weekend when they face Everton in the FA Cup, and he’ll be hoping to keep up the form that has seen even his harshest critics give him a bit of backing.
Wednesday face Everton at 8pm on Sunday evening.