One of the saddest sports realities to be found is that once the spotlight goes off on the career of players and the glitz and fame leads into the fundamental realness of life after sports, these athletes that we have idolized and adored are frequently as lost and confused as a newborn baby. For a vast percentage of sports stars, once they lose the structure of their chosen profession, they become unable to function in the real world; hence they are prone to bouts of idiocy not seen in the common person.
Such is the story of Jose Canseco, who made headlines yet again for his idiocy this past weekend.
Jose Canseco, for those not in the know of such things, was a former Major League Baseball star who was known for his hitting power alongside fellow ‘Bash Brother’ Mark McGwire. He hit 462 home runs during a career that earned him a large amount of celebrity status.
Since retiring, however, that celebrity status has taken a more ominous turn as he has been frequently linked with a number of questionable and low brow schemes and appearances. The latest of which was to be a boxing match vs. Billy Padden that was scheduled to go down this past Saturday night, a match that didn’t turn out quite as planned.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, a Canseco showed up to fight, only it was Jose’s twin brother Ozzie that showed up and not the former Major League star.
Jose, who was to be paid $10,000 for the fight, sent his brother in his place due to a disagreement over payment, as alleged by the more famous Canseco. Apparently Jose is claiming that promoter Damon Feldman was not going to honor his end of the bargain, as evidenced by a tweet send out by Jose Saturday.
"Be very careful with Damon feldman who runs celebrity boxing” Tweeted Jose. “he will not pay you if you fight for him."
Feldman, in his own defense, claims that he paid Jose $5000 leading up to the fight and planned to pay him the remaining $5000 the night of the fight when Canseco arrived.
"The guy I thought was Jose kept asking me to pay him in cash before [the fight]," Feldman said. "I told him I had to pay him by check for business reasons. He said he needed cash. We went back and forth."
The ruse was busted when numerous people in attendance of the fight noticed that the fighter claiming to be Jose Canseco did not have a tattoo that Jose has on his bicep, as shown on the promotional billboard leading up to the bout.
"We discovered the Canseco who showed up was Ozzie when he took off his shirt and didn’t have José’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising," a Celebrity Boxing representative told El Nuevo Herald.
Ozzie Canseco was escorted out of the nite club by police and didn’t fight.
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