Yes, she was under age (yes, that’s what the law says) and he was bang to rights. However:
Adam Johnson is an emblem of football’s broken soul
Well, no, not really. These numbers are wrong but we’ll still get to roughly where we want to be. Some 30 odd premiership teams? 20? 30 odd players in a full squad? Call it, roughly, 1,000 young men playing at that top level of professional football (what the hell, include some Championship players to make up the number).
What do we think the incidence is of 15 year old girls having sex with adult males? One in one thousand per year? One in one hundred? Men that is. One in ten thousand?
I have absolutely no idea myself but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest to find that it’s waaaay less than one in one thousand.
No, this isn’t to say that this is normal, or even should be. Only that an occurrence of it seems unlikely to be a damning condemnation of a sport that has that 1,000 young men in it.