U.S. men’s national team fans are pretty familiar with Clint Dempsey’s passion for the game. But maybe they didn’t know how far the captain’s emotions could take him.
Fulham’s former captain Danny Murphy has some insight.
In a interview with talkSPORT, Murphy discussed a ‘horrible moment’ where Dempsey was so angry he punched through a glass window, tearing up his hand in the process.
According to Murphy, Dempsey was furious after being told he wouldn’t start the Europa League semi-final in 2010 just hours before the match.
He was being replaced by Bobby Zamora, who had been in doubt due to injury.
"Basically half his finger was off and you could see his tendon. Glass shattered - it was some punch by the way. Blood was going everywhere. This was all because he wanted to play of course," said Murphy.
After calming down, Dempsey was bandaged up and came on a substitute for Fulham’s 2-1 win over Hamburg.
But based on Murphy’s retelling, it was a scary moment he won’t soon forget.
(h/t Daily Mail)