Was Ian Wright Arrested?- Legal Troubles, Scandal & Retirement

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After enduring a challenging period of financial hardship, during which his wife was expecting their first child, Wright, an English television and radio personality and former professional soccer player, found himself facing a difficult situation.

And yes, Ian Wright was arrested. He was sentenced to serve two weeks in Chelmsford Prison for failing to pay fines related to driving without tax or insurance.

However, this experience proved to be a turning point in Wright’s life, leading him to make a heartfelt promise to himself and to God.

Overwhelmed by the weight of his circumstances, Wright found himself in tears as he entered the confines of his prison cell.

Was Ian Wright Arrested?- Legal Troubles, Scandal & Retirement
Ian Wright (Source: YMC)

In that vulnerable moment, he made a solemn vow to utilize every ounce of his strength and determination to succeed as a professional soccer player.

 This heartfelt commitment to himself and his passion for the sport would become the driving force behind his future achievements.

Despite the despair, he felt at that moment, Wright emerged from prison with a renewed sense of purpose.

He channeled his energy into pursuing his dream with dedication and commitment.

Motivated by the love for his family and the promise he made, Wright embarked on a relentless journey to make it as a soccer player, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of success.

A Brief On Ian Wright

Wright, the third son of Jamaican parents, faced a challenging upbringing marked by the absence of his father.

Raised by his mother, Nesta, and an abusive stepfather, he endured difficult circumstances.

Wright’s journey into professional football took an unconventional path, as he entered the realm relatively late.

Despite undergoing trials at Southend United and Brighton & Hove Albion during his teenage years, he struggled to garner enough interest to secure a professional contract offer.

Consequently, he found himself playing for amateur and non-League teams, which left him feeling disheartened about the prospect of a career in professional soccer.

Post Retirement

After retiring from football, Wright became a prominent pundit and television personality.

He worked as a pundit for BBC Sport’s International Match of the Day and provided analysis for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and Euro 2004.

However, in 2008, he quit his job, criticizing the program for portraying him as a “comedy jester” and not representing the fans well.

In 2013, he joined BT Sport as a studio analyst for their coverage of the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Europa League.

Was Ian Wright Arrested?- Legal Troubles, Scandal & Retirement
Ian Wright Broadcasting (Source: The Mirror)

He also became a regular studio pundit for England matches on ITV, covering the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016.

Wright left BT Sport in 2017 to increase his role at the BBC, where he regularly appeared on Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2 and co-hosted the 606 phone-in show.

He also co-hosted the 5 Live Sports radio show and appeared on The Debate on Sky Sports. Wright launched his own podcast, Wrighty’s House, in 2020.

He has received multiple awards, including TV/Radio Pundit of the Year from the Football Supporters Association in 2020 and 2022, as well as Pundit of the Year at the Broadcast Sports Awards and World Soccer’s Broadcaster of the Year.


During his youth, Wright adopted his then-girlfriend Sharon Phillips’ son, Shaun (born 1981), and the couple also had another child together named Bradley (born 1985).

Both Shaun and Bradley followed in their father’s footsteps and became professional soccer players, with both playing for the New York Red Bulls.

Wright also has a son with another girlfriend. Additionally, Wright’s cousin Jermaine Wright enjoyed a career as a professional soccer player, while his nephew Drey Wright is also involved in soccer.

Wright’s grandson, D’Margio Wright-Phillips (born 2001), currently plays for Stoke City.

In an interesting connection, Wright’s cousin is actor Patrick Robinson, renowned for his role as Martin “Ash” Ashford in the popular British medical drama series Casualty, broadcast on BBC One.

Pranaya Poudel
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