Zat Knight holidayed in Los Angeles with his old friend and Chelsea full back Ashley Cole and denies a bodyguard was hired to keep the women away. "He didn't have a minder that I know of, unless it was me," said the giant Bolton defender.
"Obviously I was on holiday with him but he was just a normal lad. He didn't get up to any mischief."
Knight's friendship with Cole goes back to their much younger days, when they were both based in London.
The 31 year old does believe that, as far as his friend is concerned, there are some observers simply not prepared to offer him a chance.
"I feel sorry for him," said Knight.
"It is every little thing. Don't get me wrong, he has caused his own problems at times but he is trying to do the right thing.
"Yet no matter what he does, it seems like it is wrong.
"I have known Ashley for many years. He is a great lad. I wouldn't have spent as much time with him otherwise.
"But that is me being a friend. From the outside looking in, other people make judgements and then don't give you that chance to put them right.
"He is trying to change his future because he just wants to play football.
"It is not nice when your personal life gets into your work."