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Tahan Lew-Fatt Defends Reynolds Over Misogyny Claims

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Gorgeous model Tahan Lew-Fatt is standing by her beleaguered boyfriend David Reynolds.

This week Reynolds was fined $25,000 for making ‘inappropriate’ remarks concerning fellow Bathurst 1000 entrants Renee Gracie and Simone de Silvestra.

Tahan Lew-Fatt is outraged at the suggestion her beau is sexist.

“Ok, so whoever has seen the news, re my gorgeous ‘apparently sexist’ boyfriend, David Reynolds, knows he made an off-handed comment, that wasn’t even mean!

Lew-Fatt took to Facebook to paint a very different picture of the man who has been the centre of V8 racing this week (for all the wrong reasons).

“My boyfriend is the furthest from sexist … He makes me breakfast every morning and cooks me dinner every night; and (I’m) pretty sure he is the only one who cleans.”

Lew-Fatt then went on to call for support to help her boyfriend pay the $25,000 fine.

“If anyone can donate towards the 25k fine that would be greatly appreciated; he has requested that the V8’s donate the money towards some sort of woman empowerment charity!”

Tahan Lew-Fatt image: Instagram

Tahan Lew-Fatt image: Instagram

Sledging has been a part of Australian sport since the First Fleet set up stumps.

In the past it was no-holds barred, but gradually norms of acceptability have crept in: Rules against attacking people’s race and family, character assassinations and bullying.

The fight against gender-based sledging is now part of the political correctness governing sport.

Who knows, the V8s may have to drive at the speed limit next year too?

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This will be my last post for Outrageous Sports. It has been a privilege to write for this blog site.

Farewell.

Sledging and the Changing Face of Sport

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Ford V8 Racing car driver David Reynolds has been fined $25,000 for remarks deemed offensive against fellow Bathurst 1000 competitor Renee Gracie.

Gracie is getting more attention from the remarks she received prior to the race than from her driving; especially after spectacularly crashing out in the early laps of the race.

V8 Supercars boss James Warburton was quick to announce the heavy fine, reiterating the comments were ‘offensive’.

One wonders if Reynolds had trash-talked Gracie’s or partner Simone Silvestro’s driving skills without alluding to their gender if the same disciplining would have taken place.

Reynolds took the high ground saying she had “accepted his apology, that’s all I need.

“We are professionals,” she preened, “it’s one of those things. The V8s (management) have handled it.”

Gracie is part of the same Ford Prodrive Racing team garage as Reynolds at Bathurst – which should make for some interesting conversations amongst the crews.

Earlier this week racing great Dick Johnson said the female pair were “a million to one” of finishing their first Bathurst 1000.

Gracie fired back that “Dick Johnson hasn’t finished heaps of races, so he can’t talk.”

Dick Johnson made no mention of gender, though Gracie apparently interpreted it that way.

After crashing the mechanics had 39 laps to get the car of Gracie and Silvestro back onto the track for the chequered flag. They got the car back on the track in time for the final lap.

Titans’ Bird, Harrison, Loa Have Charges Dropped

Worst diver in the game, Greg Bird. Image: http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/state-of-origin-2015-trevor-gillmeister-fears-fakers-might-decide-match/story-fndv2twz-1227369174577

Gold Coast Titans Players Greg Bird, Beau Falloon, Ashley Harrison, and Kalifa Faifai Loa have had their charges for cocaine possession dismissed in a Southport Magistrates court this week.

The charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Magistrate Callaghan said the prosecution had presented no evidence to substantiate intercepted phone conversations between the players and Joseph Touma pertained to cocaine. The prosecution had said the defendants had used a code-word when referring to the substance. McCallum argued that the word used could refer to anything.

But trio Dave Taylor, Joe Vickery, and Jamie Dowling are yet to stand trial for drug charges. Their defence lawyer, Chris McCallum conceded there was a prima facie case against them.

The scandal emerged in March this year, engulfing former and present NRL players.

Bird has a long and tarnished record both on and off the field. But now says he would be ‘honoured’ to captain the Gold Coast Titans (again).

Bird was the co-captain with Manly-bound Nate Myles in 2013-14; but was stripped of his position when he was caught urinating in public, in December of last year.

The dropped charges come as a huge relief to the struggling Gold Coast club. They narrowly avoided the wooden spoon this year and are desperate to organise a successful strategy for the 2016 season.

Whether Bird will play any part in that strategy remains to be seen.

McGregor Claims Nine-figure Contract Negotiation

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Truth or fiction?

In an interview with MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani UFC superstar Connor McGregor has said he is negotiating a nine figure contract with the UfC franchise.

“Let’s compare contracts,” he said in the interview, “because the contract that I’m talking now is nine figures – NINE FIGURES!, I’m talking. Nobody in the game has talked nine figures.

“That’s $100 million plus. That’s my contract, so, that’s where I’m at and I’ve done it the way I’ve done it. Either learn from it or don’t.”

Many are wary of such an astronomical sum. Especially when the UFC has never even approached the figures paid to boxing superstars (like Floyd Mayweather).

But McGregor claims he is worth every cent.

“When you’re bringing in $60 million revenue on a fight where the main event guy (Jose Aldo) has pulled out two weeks before, you think anyone else can do that?

“This next one (the fight against Aldo), we are estimating $10 million for the gate alone. This is going to bring in $90 to $100 million this card here. So you’re damn right I’ll get it (the nine-figure contract).

“I came at them (the UFC) with facts, I came at them with numbers, and I didn’t go round about. I looked them dead in the eye with straight facts. When someone comes at you with clear facts, there’s only one thing you can do – and that’s respect it. You got to respect good business, if you don’t respect good business, then that’s on you. I am very confident we will come to a deal and it will be in the nine-figure mark, and rightfully so.”

McGregor will fight Aldo for the championship belt on December 12th after easily disposing of Aldo’s short-notice replacement Chad Mendez.

McGregor has become one of the most widely recognisable fighter in the UFC stable. But when asked who was the bigger star, himself or Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, he was quick to give credit where it was due:

“I have a lot of respect for Ronda, rightfully so. She’s as dominant as they come. I’m a big fan of Ronda, I always have been,” he waxed. “Ronda is the queen and I am the king.”

Skydivers Dodge Near Miss

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Four skydivers practicing for the Australian Masters Games have narrowly avoided crashing aboard the Cessna 182 H.

On Friday the four skydivers and their pilot, John, had taken off from East Parklands. One of the skydivers, David Boulter, 57, looked out the window to see the roof of the Queen Victoria apartments on Fullarton Road, “mere feet away.”

“I looked to the right and saw trees … We’d have been creeping over it (the canopy).

“We were in the safety zone. If we were two feet to the right it (the canopy) would shred the wings … there would have been five fatalities.”

Their Cessna had taken off from Parafield Airport, but had been forced to circle over the drop zone for an hour because of the busy airspace.

It was when they returned to the drop zone (over Victoria Park) that the trouble began.

An engine stopped, the aeroplane began gliding, losing altitude. It fell from 3500 feet to ground level in three minutes.

John, the pilot, was preparing an emergency landing on the Clipsal 500 track, but diverted to Victoria Park when he spotted a council truck on the roadway.

Mr Boulter didn’t think the plane ran out of fuel.

Fellow skydiver John Friswell, 63, said, “We heard the engine splutter … and we’re preparing to jump.

“But the pilot said, ‘No, no, stay in the plane’”.

All the skydivers praised the pilot’s efforts. Mr Boulter suffered a fractured foot, the fourth skydiver a broken pelvis, everyone else minor injuries.

They all agreed, it could have been a lot worse.

Channel Nine Suspend Andrew Johns

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Didn’t hear the voice of Andrew Johns during the NRL Grand Final? That’s because he wasn’t there.

Fairfax reported that Channel Nine stood Johns down after he was accused of making explicit comments to a mother of three and then passing out in the Toowoomba Wellcomap Airport.

Johns had been in Toowoomba speaking at a lunch at The Spotted Cow, in front of 120 guests.

It is understood the event exceeded its allotted time; but Johns was good enough to stay, sign autographs, and pose for photographs with the crowd.

Johns left the engagement and arrived at the airport at 6:30 pm to catch a 7 pm flight back to Sydney.

While he waited to board the flight he hit the bar.

Helen Wright, 42, posted a message on the Today Show’s Facebook page lashing out at Johns for being ‘severely intoxicated’ and asking to kiss her.

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The post was removed from the Facebook page shortly after it appeared.

“I am a 42 year-old woman that he asked to kiss him.

“When I refused to kiss him and replied I was happily married and had three sons his question to me was ‘why did you have a cesarean birth?’

“Then he proceeded to pass out on the airport floor.”

An airport security officer (who asked not to be named) said, “He (Johns) was full, no doubt about that.”

Mrs Wright was outraged, not only at Johns’ behaviour, but that it was witnessed by families at the airport.

“This is not an example that should be presented to children that were present!” she wrote.

“Many of the children had taken photos of him passed out.”

The photos and comments have gone viral on social media.

Johns has since contacted Mrs Wright and apologised

“I’ve obviously said the wrong thing, which has offended her. I rang her and apologised for that; and she accepted my apology,” said Johns.

But Johns has denied he passed out.

“I was up there for a function and had been up since 5 am. My flight home was delayed three hours last night, so I took myself away into a quiet corner and laid down and had a sleep. No way did I pass out.”

MMA Fighter in Weight-Class Dispute

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Well here’s a problem you don’t come across every day. Brye Anne Russillo is a 29 year-old New York MMA fighter. She has two amateur fights with one win and one loss.

The problem she faces is that she has to fight in a heavier division than she would like to because of her double-D breasts.

“I can’t cut my tits off,” said the single mother of one to MMA News, “and put them on the side, they weigh 12 pounds (5.4 kg).”

That 5.4 kg moves her up a weight class, but gives her no strength advantage. And in combat sports that’s a huge advantage to give away.

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In fact, it took Russillo’s team more than three months to finalise an agreement to fight Paige Lian at 150 pounds (68 kg) for the Aggressive Combat Championships in Queens on October 3.

Everyone expects me to be a Barbie Doll,” says the pastry chef, bartender and mother of one. “Bleach blonde hair and a big chest.”

But when she found MMA she fell in love with the sport. Her trainer made the decision simple when he said it was alright to bring her baby daughter to training.

“If you find a hobby late in life, follow it! I have a child and turning 30 in a couple of months, and I’m glad I followed my passion.”

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Coca-Cola and McDonalds Call for Blatter to Step Down

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Coco-Cola has issued a statement calling upon Sepp Blatter to stand down as the FIFA president.

The shock statement was soon echoed by fast food giant McDonalds.

Sepp Blatter has been under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities for a week now. Coca-Cola and McDonalds are concerned their brands may be tarnished by association.

Coca-Cola released the statement “calling for FIFA President Joseph Blatter to step down immediately so that a credible and sustainable reform process can begin in earnest.

“Every day that passes the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish. FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach.”

McDonalds chimed in shortly after releasing its own mdeaia statement:
The events of recent weeks have continued to diminish the reputation of FIFA and public confidence in its leadership.

“We (McDonalds) believe it would be in the best interest of the game for FIFA president sepp Blatter to step down immediately so that the reform process can proceed with the credibility that is needed.”

Talking lawyers is one thing Sepp Blatter has been able to control for some time now. But when huge amounts of sponsorship dollars are calling for your head it’s an entirely different game.

But the FIFA president gave his typical response through his lawyers:

“While Coca-Cola is a valued sponsor of FIFA, Mr Blatter respectfully disagrees with tis position and believes firmly that his leaving office now would not be in the best interest of FIFA, nor would it advance the process of reform and therefore, he will not resign,” said Blatter’s New York attorney Richard Cullen in a statement.

Nepalese Government to Crack Down on Inexperienced Everest Climbers

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Nepalese authorities have mandated a limit to the amount and experience required by climbers if they wish to attempt a summit of Mount Everest.

“We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die,” said the Nepalese Minister for Tourism in a statement.

“If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide.

“The disabled or visually impaired people usually need someone to carry them, which is not an adventure. Only those who can go on their own will be given permission.”

Recently 17 Sherpas were killed by an avalanche triggered by a falling column of ice above the khumbu Icefall – a dangerous crevasse-riddled glacier.

The bans have found unlikely support from many climbers. Rex Pemberton summited Everest at the age of 21 in 204.

“To be honest,” he said to news.com.au, “there are people on Everest that should not be there.”

He points to the fact that everyone is at risk with an inexperienced climber in the group.

“You’re trying to pass them, or move around them, but they don’t have the necessary experience to manage the ropes in a dangerous environment. That can put others at risk.”

Everest is a byword for achievement. Because of this many overlook the very real risks incumbent upon those attempting to climb it.

“You’ve got to have experience going on that mountain,” Pemberton continues. “If you have brilliant weather and climbing conditions and a lot of support, you can get to the top with relatively little experience depending on your fitness level and mental strength. But if something does go wrong, it can go wrong quickly and that’s when experience is important.”

800 people attempt to climb Everest each year each of them has three support staff. It mightn’t sound much, but considering the climbing season is very brief and the climbs incredibly narrow the dangers multiply fast.

Guiding companies have been charging up to $100,000 per person to be ‘ushered’ to the summit. Most are serious climbers, but not all. For this kind of payday many less scrupulous businesses have been willing to take unacceptable risks.

To put the risks of climbing Everest in perspective: The most recent tragedy, where 16 Sherpas died – THEY WERE SHERPAS, people who did this for a living!

Jon Jones Pleads Guilty, Receives 18 Months Probabation

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in a New Mexico court on Wednesday.

He avoided jail time and was granted a conditional release with up to 18 months of supervised probation.

Because Jones avoided a felony conviction there are no travel restrictions placed on his personal work schedule.

He has, however, been sentenced to community service; the judge mandated he make 72 appearances speaking at local boys and girls clubs and schools in and around Bernalillo county, New Mexico.

In a statement released through his Public Relations team Jones aid:

“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me.

“My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others, and for that I am tryuly sorry, and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it.

“I apologise to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family, and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.”

Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight title days after the accident and arrest. The UFC placed him on indefinite suspension. UFC boss Dana White was in attendance at the hearing on Tuesday along with Jones’ manager Malki Kawa.

“The UFC organisation,” says a statement on their website, “is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year.

“As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.”