I suppose, considering the crazy things they do on Japanese TV, we should not be surprised at this. Although I did think that sumo wrestling was always a dignified sport . . . except for the part where they hire young boys to serve as official butt wipers for the guys too fat to reach around for themselves. But OTHER THAN THAT, sumo seemed above all the usual sports crap. But no, hazing is apparently as much a part of this sport as any. Here’s more from Japan Today:
Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded seven years in prison for a former sumo elder accused of ordering wrestlers at his stable to assault a 17-year-old grappler who later died from related injuries. During hearings at the Nagoya District Court in the high-profile case that has marred Japan’s national sport, Junichi Yamamoto, 59, apologized to the relatives of the victim, Takashi Saito, over the 2007 incident in Aichi Prefecture, but denied giving an order to assault him.
The case has already seen three other wrestlers in the stable convicted in a separate trial. According to the indictment, Yamamoto beat Saito with a beer bottle and ordered the wrestlers to hit him on June 25, 2007. On the following day, they also subjected Saito to what they called ‘‘exercise’’ for about 30 minutes, slamming him on the sumo ring and hitting him with a metal bat. Saito later died from shock as a result of multiple trauma.
Someone gets a little too carried away after Phil Mickelson’s shot on the 15th hole at Augusta during the final round of the The Master’s Golf Tournament. Watch the guy in the yellow shirt and the white ball cap. Let’s hope that’s his wife (or at least his long time companion) that he’s groping!
Another week, another high school coach sex scandal. This time though, the accused is a female coach & teacher, Jennifer Lea Burton, a rather attractive woman at 39 (no mug shot yet, but this must be a school picture of some kind). She, of course, should have know better, but authorities say she had an “inappropriate relationship” with a 14-year-old girl. At first, Burton was put on administrative leave for two weeks when the allegations surfaced, but has since resigned since the local grand jury handed down the indictment. The former coach faces three counts of felony sexual assault and three counts of felony improper relationship between an educator and student. And, apparently, this was not a one time incident as reports say the relationship took place between September 2008 through November 2008.
If convicted, Burton could get from two years probation to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for each count. (KFDM)
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