On Wednesday, while heading home from the West Ham training ground, Andy Carroll was threatened and chased by arm motorcyclists. The incident happened just couple of minutes from his house.
According to West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, rather than give the individuals what they wanted, Carroll drove away. Remarkably, he was chased for '15 or 20 minutes' before returning to the club's Rush Green training facility.
Bilic did not think it a coincidence that Carroll was the victim. He believes that the 27-year-old striker was targeted. Bilic, quoted by The Guardian, also described Carroll as 'brave' for his actions.
He was brave because they asked for his watch with a gun, and he put the pedal down and he didn't want to give him the watch.
So for me it's not about the watch, but for me that's very brave.
He got chased for 15 or 20 minutes, it wasn't like 10 seconds, so it was probably planned.
I know that he was very brave to do what he did. He came back to the training ground and it stopped. But he's good, he's okay, he's not in shock and he acted as a really brave man.
We're all asking him the questions about it and he's smiling, he's not in a state of shock. Of course he's in a good environment now he knows it’s not going to happen now.
When we heard it yesterday of course we were all shocked. Sometimes you hear about that happening in a foreign country, but it's happening far away, but not England so we were all like 'here in London how is that possible'. Unfortunately it is a problem.
Carroll is currently out injury. His only game this season was against Chelsea back in August. He is expected to be back in action - on the pitch, soon.