A few weeks ago, we mentioned a possible reason why the Vardys may have felt a little beholden to the Sun, selling their autobiography rights and ratting their friends out in order to help stave off any negative coverage of them. Perhaps they felt as if they had no choice – but they should know that a tabloid’s bark can often be worse than its bite.
Earlier this month, Jamie’s Leicester teammate James Maddison was withdrawn from the England squad for illness but was subsequently pictured on a night out in a Leicester casino. The Sun tried to tear him a strip for this, saying he should be embarrassed about his conduct. Maddison quickly shot back, saying that being caught in a casino was less embarrassing than getting caught with a copy of the Sun would be.
Hacks at the Sun were appalled by his impudence. Last year, they nixed a story they had on him going out to a fancy party on the same night as the tragic helicopter crash at Leicester’s grounds.
They had expected this would have been enough to have him to fall in line. Clearly he hasn’t. The question is: will he suffer the consequences? Or is the Sun’s power starting to fizzle?