Evidence read in court during the second day of Chelsea and England defender John Terry's racism trial revealed he told police in October his charity work helping African players
and their causes indicates he's not prejudiced.
He is accused of using racist remarks aimed at Anton Ferndinand, who is black, during a Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. In the statement Terry said the language he used was "responsive and not accusatory."
"I have been called a lot of things in my career and off the pitch but being racist is not one I am prepared to take at all," Terry said. ''I'm not having anyone, let alone Anton, think that about me or anyone else. That's not my character ... I was taken aback by that. I have never been accused of that.''
Defending his character to police, Terry cited his long-standing support for the charity work of black former teammates Marcel Desailly and Didier Drogba. "My commitment to the projects demonstrates I'm not racist," Terry told police.
Terry faces a maximum fine of $3,900 if he becomes the first top soccer player in England convicted of racial abuse during a game.