Odds are that this ad by the Dublin, Ireland-based bookmaker wouldn’t last 24 hours. And indeed, the Advertising Standards Authority has ordered it to be removed after receiving more than 5,000 complaints.
Pistorius, of course, is currently on trial, accused of the murder of his partner, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013. In the ad above, PP offers to “refund all losing bets on the Oscar Pistorius trial if he is found not guilty.” Having him appear as an Academy Award statuette is an added flourish only PP can provide.
Controversy is a staple for Paddy Power, which is, after all, the place that offered odds on the first species to be driven to extinction by the BP oil spill; and on a potential assassination of President Obama.
But when the Pistorius ad appeared, it got an immediate response: one person even starting a Change.org petition to have it removed from all media. Change.org:
They are running ads in the national press that read “It’s Oscar Time. Money Back If He Walks.” The brutal death of a woman at the hands of her partner is not “sport” or “entertainment” and promoting the opportunity to make money from it is a vile and offensive act which anyone with a sense of human dignity and respect for human life must reject.
138 women died in the UK alone as a result of male violence in 2013. This type of random carelessness for the lives of women by Paddy Power is an affront to those women and their families.
I am a survivor of domestic violence and abuse and I know how many women around the world are suffering right now thinking that they are lucky to be alive when poor Reeva Steenkamp is dead.
Well, now you’ll be demonized in your community of you make a bet on this. But don’t worry … you can still get in on some of the sweet (and totally real) Paddy Power betting action below:
How will Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leave the Ecuadorian Embassy
Singles Only. Applies to the first time he is confirmed to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy and to the way the he makes his way out. Dead heat rules may apply. PP decision final in settlement.
UK police car 4/5
Ecuadorian state car 5/4
Diplomatic bag 20/1
Laundry van 66/1
Hot air balloon 150/1
Jet pack 250/1
I’ve got a lot of money riding on one of these. Never before has a hot air balloon carried so many of one man’s hopes and dreams.
Of course this won’t be official until we see Rob Ford squeezed into one, but the Toronto Raptors say that they’re bringing back their original “angry dinosaur” purple jerseys for next season. Designed by … Drake?
It will only be for “selected games”, according to the team, but Toronto fans seem to be hoping that their game is one of the ones selected.
If you believe Sharper is a rapist, things like this would confirm that he is also a sociopath.
Darren Sharper “admitted” to witnesses that he and a 2nd suspect raped two women back in September … this according to New Orleans investigators.
The N.O.P.D. has released the application for the arrest warrant of Sharper’s alleged associate Erik Nunez — in which officials allege both men had non-consensual sex with two women who were “substantially impaired” on September 23.
“Through further investigation by the detectives it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had vaginal and/or oral sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission.”
Sharper is still currently in jail and has been charged with 4 rapes and accused of multiple others.
Who wants to have some fun?!* How about this 19th hole at Hairlip Mountain, part of the course at Legend Golf and Safari Resort in South Africa. In addition to the occasional lion, Legend features a tee on top of a mountain, with the corresponding green at the bottom of the mountain, 1,410 feet below. You have to be helicoptered up and down to play it.
Here’s Padraig Harrington playing the hole in 2010:
Playing a skins format, whereby Jackson and Curry got five shots to win each of three spots on the court, the 48-year-old Brooklyn native outshot the NBA’s three-point leader 3-2, 4-3, 2-1. The former Pacers’ guard actually ended up making his last nine shots, which is insane, especially considering his ugly motion and the fact that HE IS ALMOST 50 YEARS OLD.
For some perspective on Curry’s long-range ability this season, here are a few statistical anecdotes: His .416 average is good for 16th in the league, and just 2nd among players who average over 20 PPG (only Carmelo is better). At3.4 made threes per game, Curry averages substantially more than the number two guy on that list (Ryan Anderson, 3.0), but has a total of 193 on the year, which is 27 more than anyone else. With the exception of Damian Lillard, Curry has shot at least 100 more threes than anyone else in the league, despite not being in the top ten in accuracy.
Back in March of 2013, Blaylock was involved in a car crash that almost ended his life and did kill a 40-year-old mother of five.
He was sentenced today, here are the details courtesy of AJC.com.
Blaylock, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to DUI and hit-and-run charges stemming from an incident last March, a spokeswoman for the State Court of Spalding County said Tuesday. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but was credited for the 14 days he served, attorney Don Samuel told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Within 48 hours of his release from jail, Blaylock must report to an in-patient rehabilitation program, Samuel said.
Someone is going to get this kid some help right?
When Adam Muema arrived at the NFL Combine everything seemed fine, then he left abruptly without telling anyone. When he was asked why, he said God told him to leave because he was going to get drafted by the Seahawks.
Then Muema went missing for a days, only to be found at the airport. Why was he in the airport still in his combine clothes? UTsandiego.com has the details.
The former San Diego State running back who went missing this week after leaving the NFL Scouting Combine for religious reasons has been found safely, telling friends he spent days alone in a Florida airport because God advised him to, sources said Friday.
“He said he was at the airport for three days straight,” Nelson said. “He was telling me when I picked him up that God told him to stay at the airport and don’t do anything. Just stay there. That’s what he did for three days straight.
“On the fourth day, he told me he couldn’t do it anymore. He decided to call me.”
Cousins is a devout Christian, so these comments aren’t surprising.
Curious how they would have been received if RG3 had said them (RG3 is also a devout Christian). Cousins spoke at a high school on Friday and here is what he had to say when asked about gay athletes in sports courtesy of MLive.com.
“Now, there are a lot of teammates in my locker room right now who may not have a homosexual lifestyle, but they have sins, too,” Cousins said. “They’re not perfect. So I don’t say they can’t help us win. Nobody’s perfect.“
It isn’t an uncommon opinion among Christians and one that should be respected. If you want people to respect your opinion, you should respect others as long as it isn’t vulgar or demeaning.
The 76ers and Danny Granger are reportedly close to a buyout agreement for the recently acquired small forward, and there is already talk of Granger joining a title contender like the Heat, Spurs or Thunder.
Except, scratch the Heat, because he was mean to them back in the 2012 playoffs. According to the Miami Herald, Granger’s actions during a heated Conference Semifinals series has stuck with the team:
So who would be better for Miami? Heat players would clearly prefer [Caron] Butler; he and Dwyane Wade are close from their days as Heat teammates, and Granger irritated the Heat’s stars by getting in their faces after fouls in the 2012 playoffs. At the time, LeBron James called Granger’s conduct “stupid.”
Whether the team just slightly prefers someone like Butler or DeAndre Liggins (who they signed to a 10-day contract) to Granger isn’t clear, but holding a grudge against somebody from two years sounds like the perfect way to fuck up the potential gift landing in their laps. Granger played for the Heat’s only true Eastern Conference rival, and probably knows every tendency of every player on that team. As an anonymous scout tells the Herald, “that definitely has value beyond what you get studying film.”
(No, let’s see what this guy from the Sioux Falls Skyforce can give us, it’s probably way more valuable than experience and intel!)
Guys, Danny Granger was mean to you because you’re the Miami Heat and he wanted to beat you. This was back when people thought the way to beat you was to beat the hell out of you and rebound and box out and force you into jump shots. Don’t take it personally. Or do — whatever. The Spurs or Thunder will likely be happy to take what you refuse to pick up.
Another huge blow to the New York Knicks’ title hopes came in court today, where Raymond Felton was arraigned for three counts of of criminal possession of a weapon. Though Felton posted bail and was released, the judge adjourned the case until June 2 — just three days before the NBA Finals start.
That’s right, Knicks fans: If and when the Knicks make the Finals, Felton may not be available to play, depending on how proceedings go.
But will the NBA step in and suspend or otherwise penalize Felton before the case proceeds? That’s unclear.
Felton has felony charges against him in this case, but SportsGrid’s expert legal counsel believes that the felonies will likely be reduced to misdemeanors because Felton — who doesn’t have a criminal record — didn’t use the firearm outside the home, nor do the charges stem from using the gun in a “menacing” manner. This makes his case markedly different from the last prominent New York City-area athlete to get into unlicensed gun trouble, Plaxico Burress. Additional charges are possible in the case, however.