Rapper Snoop Dogg has sparked a furious backlash after using a photo of Paul Gascoigne as a reason not to abuse
The US star, 47, was branded a ‘disgrace’ when he posted a photo of the former England footballer in his younger playing days and aged 47.
The pictures, which were captioned ‘alcohol abuse’ showed him alongside a shocking photo taken in 2014 just before he was admitted to hospital following a drinking binge.
Gascoigne, affectionately known as Gazza to fans, now 52, has battled alcohol addiction for years.
In the same post, a set of pictures entitled ‘marijuana abuse’, the Sweat hitmaker shared a snap of himself aged 20, alongside one of him today at 47, looking like he had barely aged.
It is not known if Snoop Dogg is aware who Paul Gascoigne is or of the former midfielder’s well-documented battles with alcohol addiction, drugs and mental health.
Backlash: Snoop Dogg has been branded a ‘disgrace’ by fans after using a photo of Paul Gascoigne as a reason not to abuse alcohol
Outrage: In the same post, a set of pictures entitled ‘Marijuana abuse’, the Sweat hitmaker shared a snap of himself aged 20, alongside one of him today at 47, looking like he had barely aged
The post invoked the ire of fans who branded the star a ‘bully’ and ‘disrespectful’ and lambasted him for using the photo in light of Paul’s medical issues.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Snoop Dogg and Paul Gascoigne for comment.
One wrote: ‘Snoop Dogg disrespecting Paul Gascoigne considering he suffered with alcoholism and other issues. F*****g disgrace.’
Another tweeted: ‘Wow I can’t believe what #SnoopDogg tweeted about Paul Gascoigne when he has an illness and Snoop chooses to be a stoner and not for medical reasons.’
A third wrote: ‘No-one disrespects Gazza and gets away with it’ while another wrote: ‘Snoop Dogg is cancelled after going after Gazza like that.’
Legend: Gascoigne, lovingly known as Gazza by fans, now 52, has battled alcohol addiction for years although it is unclear if Snoop Dogg knows who the star is (pictured 1997)
Fury: The post invoked the ire of fans who branded the star a ‘bully’ and ‘disrespectful’ and lambasted him for using the photo in light of Paul’s medical issues.
The former footballer has had several stints in rehab for drugs and alcohol addiction – the latter of which he has suffered from for more than 20 years.
In 2011 the sporting legend revealed he used to down nine brandies and snort cocaine before a match.
Earlier this week Gascoigne caused controversy when he led a chorus of boozy Benidorm holidaymakers in belting out ‘f*** the Pope and the IRA’ during his £18-a-ticket singalong bash.
Fans flocked to see the star perform at the Ibrox Bar in the Costa Blanca Spanish resort on Saturday where he was filmed joining in the foul-mouthed chant.
Gascoigne, who played for historically Protestant-supporting club Rangers, sang an adaptation of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best which hit out the the leader of the Catholic Church and the predominantly Catholic Irish nationalists.
Return: The star returned to the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur in March for the Legends v Inter Forever match
A video published by the bar on their social media shows the retired footballer, dressed in a bright blue shirt, make his way through a crowd of merry and shirtless fans.
At the start of June 2019, the PFA and the Sporting Chance Clinic reached out to Gascoigne after footage emerged showing the former England star apparently drunk and asking a man for cocaine.
Gascoigne was caught on camera seemingly offering money for the Class A drug.
The star later attempted to allay fears, later tweeting that he was ‘well and safe’.
Alongside a picture of himself kissing the England shirt in his pomp, Gascoigne wrote: ‘I love you all from the bottom of my heart.’
Snoop has long been a proponent of marijuana smoking, which is legal in the state of California, and once boasted of lighting up in the White House.
Gascoigne played for Lazio and won 57 England caps during an eventful career but went back in rehab after ending up in hospital following a two-day binge.
He started his football career at his boyhood club Newcastle when he joined the youth set-up aged just 13. He went on to join the first team in 1985.
He scored 21 goals in 92 appearances for the Magpies, then joined Tottenham in 1988 for a then-record British fee of £2.2million and played 92 times for the club.
Snoop has released 16 studio albums since being discovered by Dr. Dre in 1992 and has sold over 23 million records in the United States and 35 million worldwide.
He has also appeared in numerous films and television episodes, including Baby Boy, Scary Movie 5 and Starsky & Hutch
Heyday: Gazza is known as one of the greatest footballers the country has ever produced (pictured 1991)
Should cannabis be LEGAL? Experts are split on radical drug reform
Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use, Liverpool John Moores University, advocated careful steps toward regulation as a public health policy
FOR: Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use, Liverpool John Moores University
‘Cannabis is no ordinary consumer good, and as it has the potential to cause harm to users it should be carefully regulated by the state and not left in the hands of criminals.
‘If the government decided it wanted to begin the process of legalisation, it could first decriminalise use – removing criminal penalties and treating possession as we would a parking ticket.
‘After careful evaluation to ensure harms in vulnerable groups such as young people had not increased, full legalisation could begin.
‘We must learn from past mistakes made with alcohol and tobacco.
‘Promoting public health should be the priority of any model of cannabis regulation, and it is better to start off with tight restrictions that could be loosened.
‘For example, there should be age limits, a ban on advertising, and strict licensing of growers and retailers, with penalties for breaking rules.
‘Just because cannabis becomes legal doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t discourage use and help those who develop problems. Taxes raised from sales should be used to fund drug education and treatment.
‘Cannabis legalisation is a radical policy. It is better to be cautious and introduce changes in stages rather than be radical and regret things later.
AGAINST: Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness
‘We welcome public debate of the role and impact of cannabis.
‘It’s important to distinguish between cannabis for medical use and recreational cannabis.
‘Where, there is clear evidence that it has a medical benefit we urge the Government to act to minimise unnecessary suffering.
‘However, we urge that we approach the legalisation of recreational cannabis with caution.
‘There is evidence of a link between recreational cannabis, particularly high potency forms, and psychosis and it is vital that this is a part of the debate.
‘It can be too easy to view all cannabis as ‘harmless’ when there can be very serious consequences.
‘We need to see more evidence from countries that have legalised cannabis on its effects on public mental health.
‘Currently things are inconclusive and a greater understanding is needed before action is taken.’
Rethink’s Mark Winstanley called for more understanding before any action is taken