- 08/03/2010, 11:47PM ET
CuntryBlumpkin said 08/03, 11:47 PM
Not a Fannation cheater, but a cheater in the proffesional Bass Fishing ranks.
Fvkasm posted the link to an article where a fisherman was caught cheating at a tournament near the Nevada-Arizona border.
The fisherman cheated by stuffing 2 oz led sinkers into all the fish he caught, which he did to all 8 fish he caught during the two day tournament, and Bass tournaments are won by weight caught.
He was given a lifetime ban from the organization that runs that fishing tournament.
This TD is does this warrent a life time ban?
I say absolutely.
Not only did he increase his total weight by a pound with the sinkers, the fish that are living are released after they are weighed, all of his fish died, and usually the meat from the dead fish are given to charity, but due to the led found in the fish, the meat was ruined.
This is proffesional fishing, and this guy pretty much spit in the face of the sport.
He gave the animal rights nut jobs an actual reason to protest the tournaments.
He disgraced a sport that is loved by many, and he should never be allowed to fish in a professional tournament again.
YODA said 08/04, 03:57 AM
A lifetime ban for a first offense is unnecessarily harsh.
His actions are ridiculous but a career ban is Draconian.
In life and sports, the punishment should fit the crime.
There are a ton of athletes/sportsmen that I'd ban for life before this bumbling bozo (mainly repeat offenders vs first-timers).
This goofball isn't really any worse than the 'roiders and cheats in other sports.
Leagues should not coddle athletes, but I also don't think we should throw the book at somebody on a first offense.
Lifetime bans are a bad precedent.
Some people do stupid crap when they're young, but can learn from mistakes.
Some people do stupid crap when going through personal problems or addictions.
This guy might just be a jerk on a money grab...I don't know.
But people deserve a 2nd chance.
Providing people with a road to redemption is generally the right approach.
* Ban this clown for 4 yrs
* Provide him with some roadmap to reinstatement (mtc)
* Garnish 15% of his future tourney earnings to donate to conservation and outdoors groups to help deflect "animal rights nut jobs"
* Ban him for life for a 2nd offense
Good luck, Outlaw.
CuntryBlumpkin said 08/04, 11:25 AM
I could understand if this was just an 18 year old kid in his first tournamennt.
That would qualify as young and dumb.
Mike Hart is a veteran of the sport, he has made over 200,000 dollars and has won a few new boats in his tournament career, and that's for the WON Bass Series, which doesn't have near the money the Bass Masters does.
This guy has even won some tournaments.
There are several qustions that comes to mind.
How long has he been doing this?
How much of his money and how many of his new boats came with the help of fish stuffed with 2 oz led weights?
The fact that this guy was a veteran, and nearing his middle ages makes this even worse.
Not to mention how stupid he was to put weights in ALL 8 fish he caught in the tournament.
The WON decided not to press charges, and they are allowing him to keep his boats and all money he has won, but cutting ties with him completely needed to be done.
He is a disgrace to all Bass fisherman in the world.
Good luck Yoda.
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