Shawn Chacon: a gambler on the lam!

Ed Wade chuckles:

Authorities now have an arrest warrant for former major league pitcher Shawn Chacon as a result of his alleged failure to pay Caesars Palace $150,000 in gambling markers.

The 31-year-old Chacon — a onetime All-Star whose up-and-down career as a big league pitcher ended abruptly last year following a physical confrontation with the general manager of the Houston Astros — is facing a felony charge of passing three bad $50,000 checks in March, according to a copy of a criminal complaint obtained by the Sun . . . Gary Thompson, a spokesman for Harrah’s Entertainment, which owns Caesars Palace, said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Pending litigation? Jesus, first Chicago can’t bribe anyone anymore, and now Vegas casinos are litigating this kind of business instead of breaking legs in private like God and Meyer Lansky intended. The whole damn world is going to hell in a handbasket if you ask me.

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  1. The Rabbit said...

    And at the bottom of that same column:
    It was “do not pass go” for a former Boulder City councilwoman who showed up drunk at a court hearing related to her 2007 drunken driving arrest.
    She must be one of the commenters at CTB.

  2. DonCoburleone said...

    You don’t know how right you are Craig… I was watching Mega Engineering on Discovery the other night and they said that by 2030 (or only 20 years from now) the World Population will increase by nearly 40% and there will be 10 BILLION people on this planet.  On top of that the US will have close to 600 Million!  Our economy right now can’t even support half that number (just look at unemployment).  Where are all these new jobs going to come from exactly???

  3. ARNIE WEXLER said...

    Shawn Chacon: a gambler on the lam! AND LENNY SELLING HIS RINGS   GAMBLING ?

    Gambling by Professional Athletes , Coaches , And Referees is not that uncommon !!

    In December of 1999 Arnie Wexler, a compulsive-gamblers counselor, went to the National Basketball Association office in Manhattan and met with league officials, players and union officials, concerned about players’ gambling. He recalled being told, “We have a problem, and we’re trying to find out how bad the problem is” Wexler, a resident of Bradley Beach and former executive director of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling, was told to keep his calender open from January through March, to allow him to address every team in the league.

    When he didn’t hear from the NBA in a few weeks he called and asked, “When do we start?”

    You don’t, he was told. “They said, “The higher ups didn’t want the media to find out.’ ”

    The talks were canceled.


    I run a national help line (1-888-LAST BET ).

    And over the years, I have spoken to many college and professional athletes who had a gambling problem. An NCAA study a few years ago said, “There is a disturbing trend of gambling among athletes in college” You can’t think that these people will get into the pros and then just stop gambling.

    Compulsive gambling is an addiction just like alcoholism and chemical dependency and all three diseases are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s D.S.M. Yet, we treat compulsive gambling different then the other two addictions. Society and professional sports treat people with chemical dependency and alcoholism as sick people, send them to treatment and they get back to work yet they look at compulsive gamblers as bad people and they get barred from playing in professional sports

    If the Colleges and professional leagues wanted to help the players, they would run real programs that seriously address the issue of gambling and compulsive gambling. Education and early detection can make a difference between life and death for some people who have or will end up with a gambling addiction.

    “They need to have a real program for players, coaches and referees, and they need to let somebody else run it. When you do it in house, it’s like the fox running the chicken coop.

    You must be kidding your self if you think any player coach or referee is going to call the league and say, ‘I’ve got a gambling problem, and I need help?”



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  4. michael standish said...

    Shyster has hit the nail on the head, entropy-wise; next thing you know, we’ll be hearing about the Liar’s Mortgage Chacon took out on his mansion.

    Word on the street is that Plaschke helped fill it out the forms.

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