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Shane Warne Under Fire for 888 Online Gambling Tweet


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Australian ‘bad boy’ of cricket Shane Warne has once more landed himself in
hot water, this time related to his recent tweet on leading social networking
website Twitter, in which he wrote ‘All my followers get free 8 dollars poker
money by signing up here’ with a link to the popular 888.com site.

According to reports, at around 5pm Australia time on Sunday the ex-Australia
cricketer posted the controversial 888 online gambling tweet which would have
appeared on the Twitter feeds of Warne’s more than 47,000 followers. However,
when news of his 888 tweet spread, Warne came under fire.

As often happens with celebrities and famous sportspeople, Warne was accused of
not being the kind of role model to children that he has a so-called
responsibility to be. One of the most outspoken critics of the cricketer’s 888
online gambling tweet is well-known Australian Reverend, Tim Costello.

Said Costello, an avid anti-online gambling campaigner, ‘Sporting heroes carry a
responsibility to ensure that the kids who idolize them are protected from
things that aren’t appropriate for their age. Most of us forget that when you
put something out there [on the internet] people under age can also read it.’

Unavailable for comment on his tweet that caused all the trouble, Shane Warne’s
agent James Erskine said he was unaware of the 888 tweet in question. Warne, who
is widely acknowledged to be one of the best bowlers in the history of the
sport, is no stranger to controversy and has many ‘scandals’ to his name.

In February 2003, for instance, just before the start of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Warne was disqualified from the tournament after a
blood test came back positive for banned substance diuretic. In the 1990s
Warne was involved in a scandal involving an Indian bookmaker called ‘john the
bookmaker.’

But despite his sketchy past, Warne still draws in the crowds and remains one of
cricket’s most exciting players to watch, the current 2010 Indian Premier League
(IPL) being no exception. 888.com boasts online poker games, online casino
games, online sports betting, online bingo games and more.

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