Axelle Despiegelaere loses modeling contract over hunting photo?


You know that 17-year-old Belgium fan that landed a modeling contract with L’Oreal after she was photographed at the World Cup? Axelle Despiegelaere worked with L’Oreal to create one social media video before her contract was terminated. A hunting photo that she posted on Facebook may explain why her gig was so short-lived.

Axelle’s Facebook page, which had nearly 30,000 likes but has since been deleted, featured several photos of her wearing Belgium colors and cheering on her team. There was also one photo that showed her holding a rifle and posing with a dead gazelle. It sparked outrage, as did the caption that went along with it.

Despiegelaere posted the photo before Belgium’s win over the United States. Here’s what she wrote, according to Business Insider:

“Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that…this was about 1 year ago. Ready to hunt Americans today haha.”

After reading all the backlash from fans, Axelle changed the caption to simply read “this was about 1 year ago.” She also apologized to anyone she might have offended.

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Warrior lacrosse company upset with Title IX, favoritism to softball over lacrosse

Warrior lacrosseWarrior, a sporting goods company specializing mostly in lacrosse (and hockey) apparel and equipment, came out firing on Thursday night after seeing softball televised on ESPN while lacrosse was on ESPN2.

Here is the tweet sent from the official Warrior account:

That’s pretty harsh.

A pool play game of the World Cup of Softball between Team USA and Canada was being televised on ESPN, while the USA-Canada lacrosse game at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships was on ESPN2.

Just in case you got the wrong message here, Warrior wanted to clarify that it wasn’t an anti-softball thing so much as a Title IX problem.

Way to clear things up there, Warrior. We weren’t expecting a PC apology, anyway.

(Update: shortly after we published, they deleted the tweets)

You can take an anti-Title IX stance if you want — and I’m not sure why you would — but once you have a friend or family member get the opportunity to receive a free education at a school they otherwise would be unable to attend thanks to the benefits of Title IX, you’ll never have a bad thing to say about it again.

And, seriously, is lacrosse really that much more popular than softball? Doubtful.

Oh yeah, genius move by Warrior. If there are 375 women’s lacrosse teams in the NCAA, surely someone of them need apparel and equipment, right? Guess Warrior doesn’t want that business …

Tip via B Foley

Ketchup and mustard girl is all the rage right now (Video)


Every once and a while we like to take a short break from sports to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best viral videos that are going around the internet. And trust me, you don’t want to miss the speeches that “ketchup and mustard girl” has taken the time to lay out for us.

The videos you see below contain a lot of NSFW language. We’re not really sure what’s going on, but the people recording ketchup and mustard girl imply several different times that she uses drugs by saying stuff like “say no to crack.” Other than that, we really don’t have anything else to add. Enjoy your day.

Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands modeling contract after World Cup


Belgium may have been disappointed by its loss to Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but at least the team helped make a star out of one of its nation’s own. Axelle Despiegelaere, a 17-year-old fan who was shown on television during Belgium’s match against Russia in group play, has landed a modeling gig.

Despiegelaere proudly wore a horned hat and face paint featuring the colors of Belgium’s flag. It sounds like she had multiple modeling offers, as she announced on Facebook Tuesday that she has signed a contract with L’Oreal.

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Prince Fielder Body Issue Photoshops are even better than the cover photo

Prince Fielder Price is Right

The real reason ESPN asked Prince Fielder to pose for their Body Issue and put him on the cover is because they knew the results would launch a thousand memes. There is no doubt that was the motivation.

And just as you would have hoped, the internet came through for us.

A Photoshop battle broke out on Reddit, giving us all these great pictures of Prince in his naked pose.

First, let’s get the junk food memes out of the way since those were so easy:

Here’s Prince hailing a cab:

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Bail jumper Jacob Close arrested after answering Redskins question for newspaper


If you have a warrant out for your arrest and are trying to avoid law enforcement, you definitely should not answer a question for a newspaper’s opinion column and agree to allow the paper to run your photograph. Jacob Close, a 25-year-old Bloomsburg (Penn.) University student, learned that the hard way over the weekend.

Close offered his opinion about a question related to the Washington Redskins name debate in the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise on June 30. He gave the following sarcastic thought in the publication’s weekly “Your Opinion” feature.

“I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato.”

Close’s answer was pretty clever, but he should have saved some of that wit to help keep him out of jail. As it turns out, police have been looking for Close after he jumped bail in a drug and drunken driving case in Ithaca, New York years ago. Ithaca City Police were notified of his warrant in late May and had been looking for him for over a month.

After seeing Close’s photo in the Press Enterprise, a campus police officer staked out his car and arrested him at the student recreation center on Sunday. Close is now being held on $25,000 bail.

Aren’t dumb criminals the best?

H/T Jim Romenesko

Ninja ride at Magic Mountain hits tree, leaves riders injured

Ninja Magic Mountain

Four people were injured and around 24 stranded when the Ninja ride at Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., hit a tree on Monday night, according to multiple reports.

The Ninja ride is one where the track is several feet above ground at almost all times and the riders sit in cars that hang suspended below the track. The ride is located in the southwest end of the park and reaches up to 55 mph. The track flies around and through several trees in the area.

One tree reportedly fell onto the track, leading to the accident.

Rescue teams were working to help the situation.

Ninja Magic Mountain fire department

Ninja is one of the older rides in a park full of new, monster roller coasters. It doesn’t get as high speed compared to some of the other ones in the park, but it is a lot of fun and is more on par with one of the bigger rides you would see at a place like Disneyland.

Here is a video from 2009 showing what the ride is like: