Jobless, jailbound Seahawks fan rejects $20,000 for touchdown ball, takes two Super Bowl tickets instead
We're not sure if this guy's a super fan, or a contender for American's dumbest criminal.
But, either way, Scott Shelton will be going to the Super Bowl, followed by prison the next day. The Seattle native fan, and father of two, was in the crowd at last week's amazing NFC Championship final between the Seahawks and the Greenbay Packers and caught the game winning touchdown ball, after it was thrown into the crowd by Jermaine Kearse.
The 32 year old has since been offered $20,000 by a sports memorabilia company, but rejected the offer, opting instead to return the ball to Kearse, who faced a potential fine for discarding the ball.
'My phone rings, and it was Jermaine! Jermaine Kearse, you know? The Man.' Shelton was quoted on Seattle based website komonews.com. 'We were just talking about the game. He told me he wanted to trade his game helmet signed by the team and his jersey, for the ball. And then he asked me what I wanted for the ball. And I said 'honestly, it would be nice to go see you guys whip New England in the Super Bowl'.
'So he's going to see what he can do about that. But I told him I wouldn't give it up unless it was going to him. I wouldn't want anyone else to have it'.
Shelton will somehow have to return to his home state less than 24 hours after the Super Bowl, as he is due in court for sentencing at 2pm on Monday February 2. He'll have to cover a distance of over 1,500 miles, which is a potential 25 hour drive.
Maybe you should've just took the 20 grand Scott.
— DeborahHorne (@DeborahKIRO7) January 23, 2015
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