10 Sports Frauds Who Fooled the World 10. Herbert John Derungs In 2000, the Original Maple Bat Company received
emails from, they believed, New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra
of the Boston Red Sox. The email from Jeter, which was sent from the totally legit [email protected],
said: I am interested in your product, due to the
fact that Jose Canseco let me use his last year, and I liked it although it was too heavy…
I will place an order for 50-60 for the 2001 season, because my contract with Louisville
Slugger is up, and I am trying to get a feel of what’s out there before I decide what
bats to use next year. The sooner the better. Thanks, Derek The owner of the bat company sent out 60 bats
that were engraved with the players’ names, with each bat being worth $3,319. After receiving
the bats, Derungs tried to sell them on eBay using different usernames before being arrested.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to fraud and spent 21 months in jail over the stunt. 9. Israel Lang Israel “Izzy” Lang was a running back
drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 18th round of the 1964 draft after finishing
his college career at Tennessee State. He played four seasons with the Eagles, including
two as the team’s starter, before moving on to play for the Rams for one year and then
retiring in 1969. Lang’s retirement was a bit bumpy, to say
the least. In a strange, criminal twist, he began telling people he was a professional
football player – but not Izzy Lang. Instead, he told people that he was New York Giants
running back Joe Morris and tried to cash some checks. He has also tried to impersonate
New York’s Lawrence Taylor and Leonard Marshall, and Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins.
The problem was he was trying to pose as these players during the 1980s, when Lang had been
retired for 10 years and these players were in their primes. He received a total of 22
months for his 24 arrests. 8. Karl Power On April 18, 2001, Manchester United and Bayern
Munich met in a Champions League match. Before the match, a man named Karl Power was able
to get close to the field at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester by disguising himself
as a member of the TV crew. Once he was close to the field, he changed quickly into a Manchester
United uniform and walked over to the team as they were getting ready for their pre-match
photograph. He stood beside striker Andy Cole, and only
Roy Keane and Gary Neville noticed he was there. The photographer took the picture,
forever capturing Power in one of the most legendary pranks in the world of professional
soccer. Power, who got away clean, said that the stunt had been planned for two years.
After the picture, Power went on to perform a number of other pranks, but nothing has
rivaled joining Manchester United in a team picture. 7. Ronnie Craven In 2008, an unnamed woman living in the Boston
area started dating who she thought was former NBA star Jeff Turner, who played 10 years
for the New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic, and also won an Olympic Gold Medal at the
1984 Summer Games. They’d met through a Craigslist ad and went on about a dozen dates
over a couple months. He told her that he now worked with the Seattle Sonics front office
while he lived in Somerville, Massachusetts. When the man claiming to be Turner left town
for a few weeks, she started getting suspicious. She Googled Jeff Turner (which, if she was
on Craigslist for dates, probably would have been a good idea at the outset) and found
out that the real Turner was a high school basketball coach in Orlando, Florida. After
contacting Turner and confirming, she then discovered the impostor was actually a local
property manager named Ronnie Craven. That wasn’t the only time Craven had posed
as someone involved with big time basketball either. He had been telling friends and family
that he worked with the Sonics front office, going so far as to claim to be an assistant
coach. When confronted by a reporter, Craven admitted that he wasn’t who he said he was.
He also didn’t see the harm in it and he said that he didn’t do anything illegal. 6. Barry Bremen By day, Barry Bremen was a novelty-goods salesman,
but he became famous for his secondary career as a “professional imposter.” He got his
start in 1979 during the NBA All-Star game in Detroit, when he wore a team uniform and
went through pregame warmups before being discovered and thrown out. A short time later,
he snuck on to the course at the U.S. Open and played a few practice rounds with professional
golfers. Later in the summer of 1979, dressed in a Yankees uniform, Bremen caught a few
pop flies at the MLB All-Star game. That same year, he was able to get onto the sidelines
of an NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins – as a cheerleader.
He had shaved his legs, dieted, and then donned a homemade Cowgirls outfit before being found
out and tossed. Over the next 20 years, he continued to sneak
on the field of play of professional sports, but in 2005, Bremen retired from being an
imposter because of the change in security after 9/11. Bremen died on his 64th birthday
from esophageal cancer. In 2012, ESPN produced a 30 for 30 short about Breman called “The
Great Imposter.” 5. Ryan Ward Joba Chamberlain is a Major League pitcher
who rose to fame with the New York Yankees, quickly becoming a fan favorite whenever he
wasn’t busy getting injured. Out on the streets of Toms River, New Jersey a man named
Ryan Ward just happened to look a lot like Chamberlain. The resemblance was so strong
that people frequently asked him if he was Chamberlain, and after a while he just started
saying yes because it made him feel like a celebrity. He started wearing a Yankees hat
all the time and ran with the idea. When Ward went to restaurants, people would
send him drinks and food. He signed autographs for people and said that he spent time with
“a lot” of women who thought he was a Yankee. In August of 2009, he started demanding
restaurants and bars comp him, and management of the establishments soon became wise to
him and banned him. This led to multiple arrests for Ward. After one such arrest, he checked
himself into an alcohol treatment facility. Prosecutors wanted Ward to spend a year in
jail, but instead he was fined $2,518. 4. Guerdwich Montimere In 2010, Jerry Joseph registered at Permian
High School in Odessa, Texas. Permian was made famous after being the subject of the
book (and later film) Friday Night Lights. Joseph claimed he was 16, and had documentation
from Haiti to prove it. Once enrolled, the 6-foot-5 Joseph joined the basketball team
as the starting center. As the Panthers were making a run for the playoffs, Joseph moved
in with the school’s basketball coach. The team lost in the first round of the state
tournament that season. That summer, Joseph was playing in a tournament
for high school students in Little Rock, Arkansas, when three coaches from Florida recognized
him. Joseph was actually Guerdwich Montimere, who graduated from a high school in Dillard,
Florida in 2007. And far from being 16, Montimere was actually 22 years old. He was quickly
arrested after his fraud was discovered. The story took a rather dark turn when it turned
out that during that time, he had sex with a 15-year-old girl, moving him from “impostor”
to “statutory rapist” in quite a hurry. He was sentenced to three years in prison. 3. Ali Dia In November of 1996, Graeme Souness, the manager
of Southampton Football Club, received a call from a man claiming to be former FIFA Player
of the Year George Weah. Weah, a former Liberian great, was calling to tell him about his cousin
Ali Dia, a supposed rising star in Liberia. Without doing any due diligence, Souness signed
Dia to a one month contract solely on “Weah’s” word. Days later, Southampton was playing Leeds
and at the 32 minute mark, Dia was substituted into the game. Over the next 53 minutes Dia
put on what was widely regarded as the worst soccer performance ever displayed on a professional
pitch. Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier compared Dia to Bambi on ice. It turns out
not only was Dia a lousy player, but the person who claimed to be Weah was actually Dia’s
friend. Dia’s contract was soon terminated, and Souness also resigned a short time later. 2. Ronald E. Nelson Rocky Nelson was a Major League Baseball player
for 12 seasons, with his most notable accomplishment being hitting home run to help the Pittsburgh
Pirates win game seven of the 1960 World Series. In 1996, a man claiming to be Nelson moved
into a gated community in Bradenton, Florida and became a local celebrity. He did interviews
for the newspaper, talking about his glory days of playing in the big leagues. Around
town, he would sign autographs and even showed people his World Series ring, which he had
gotten after saying his son stole the original for drug money. One person living in the community wasn’t
convinced that the man was really Rocky Nelson. He had lived in Pittsburgh in 1960 and went
to every game, and knew that Nelson was bald, but the man claiming to be Nelson had a full
head of hair. During a game of golf, the man noticed that “Nelson” swung from the right,
but Rocky Nelson had batted lefty. Another problem was the name on Nelson’s business
card wasn’t right. It said Ronald E. Nelson, but Rocky Nelson’s real name was Glenn Ronald
Nelson. It turned out that Ronald E. Nelson had been
impersonating Rocky Nelson since the 1980s. His lie was exposed in 2007 after it was discovered
that the real Rocky Nelson had died the previous year. Ronald said Rocky was his idol and things
simply got out of hand. Amazingly, his wife didn’t even know that he had been lying
for decades. 1. Bill Henry In 2007, the Associated Press ran an obituary
for Bill Henry, a Major League reliever for 16 years who had appeared in the 1961 All-Star
Game and the 1961 World Series. After the obituary was released, the AP received
a call from Henry, who claimed he was alive and well and living in Texas. It turns out
that the deceased Bill Henry had been living in Florida and pretending to be the former
MLB pitcher for over 20 years. He even gave speeches about his glory days in the Majors,
and had been living the lie for so long that even his wife thought he was the former Big
Leaguer. When the real Bill Henry was asked if he was
upset by what the impostor did, he said he wasn’t at all. After all, he knew who the
real Bill Henry was.

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50 thoughts on “Top 10 SPORTS FRAUDS Who Fooled the World

  • May 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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    Pretty much anyone from Russia. Why haven't Russia been banned from all international sports competitions yet?

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  • May 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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    all your "s" sounds are hissing super loud. the vid is great as usual but you gotta do something about the hissing. different mic or a pop filter maybe?

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  • May 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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    soccer??

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  • May 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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    I really enjoyed this

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  • May 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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    John Spano should've been #1

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  • May 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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    (Gasp) He has glasses now. : o

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  • May 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm
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    great pretenders

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  • May 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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    omg its so cool to hear him talk about odessa texas

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  • May 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm
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    Well i Haven't watched the video yet but we all know who will be number 1

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  • May 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm
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    Thanks for reinforcing my lack of faith in humanity!

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  • May 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm
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    I know your accent isn't American but I cringed when you said Philadelphiar please don't say it that way

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  • May 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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    What about supertramp the wrestler

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  • May 29, 2016 at 8:31 pm
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    4:51 "Impostor" is spelled wrong. XD

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  • May 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm
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    I remember Karl power from a formula 1 race in the 2000's

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  • May 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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    Lance Armstrong who doped himself and other athletes to win the races in France. After vehemently denying he had  used dope, it was discovered that he was using it for years. He was  stripped  of all his awards and had to give back his winnings.

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  • May 29, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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    your S whistle is giving me cancer bruh

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  • May 29, 2016 at 11:25 pm
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    FUPA: https://www.gofundme.com/h3h3defensefund

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  • May 30, 2016 at 1:36 am
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    Pitts-berg. We're not Edinburgh. OK?

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  • May 30, 2016 at 4:24 am
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    No mention of Remi

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  • May 30, 2016 at 5:31 am
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    It is Football, not soccer…. Smh

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  • May 30, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    Simon <3

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  • May 30, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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    sooness is how it's pronounced not sowness. one of the greatest footballers to don a Liverpool kit. obviously you nothing about football

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  • June 3, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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    why isn't Lance Armstrong on this list?

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  • June 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm
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    1.Cam Newton

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  • June 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    Love the little sly dig at Manchester United. "Manchester United from Greater Manchester". Damn right… they aren't from Manchester just like Bolton or Wigan 😛

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  • June 22, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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    Karl Power what legend. Still better than any player to actually play for the club

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  • June 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm
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    Where is Remi Gaillard? He managed several times to sneak on sport scene in prof. races and football. Probably done even more. He is the ultimate impostor 😀

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  • August 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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    Bill Mazeroski hit the game 7 winning home run in the 1960 world series, NOT rocky nelson.

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  • August 30, 2016 at 9:26 am
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    No John Spano????? Dude bought the New York Islanders hockey team after fooling the NHL and everyone. He said he was a millionaire when he was lower middle class.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 7:51 am
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    It's interesting how these all seem to fall into one of three categories… there's the pranksters who were in it just for fun and who seem to have been fairly well-liked by the players and management. There's the imposters stealing identities for one reason or another. And then there's the actual criminals doing it for gain. I'd expected all of them to be scams so this was a surprise to me.

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  • May 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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    #7 was trolling gold diggers lol. He should be applauded.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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    Seriously no John spano?
    http://www.businessinsider.com/how-john-spano-bought-the-islanders-2013-10

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  • August 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm
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    I thought the dude who got on the field and celebrated with the Mets when Johan Santana threw his no hitter..it made the front and back covers of all the NYC papers and idk how many more, was funny as hell..cause idk how he knew but was looking dead at the photographer for the NY Post when he took the pic..classic

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  • February 27, 2018 at 10:31 am
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    Is it possible Lang had brain damage? It's been proven to cause all kinds of weird behavior.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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    Yank,s are Dupes !!!!

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  • July 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm
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    It's pronounced Sooo-ness…..I was at the Ali Dia game at the Dell in Southampton and the biggest irony was that he actually replaced the Matthew Le Tissier you mentioned since he was, easily, the best player on the pitch and was replace by Dia.

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  • August 12, 2018 at 12:24 am
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    The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series: Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series.

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  • September 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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    What about Lance Armstrong?

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    Karl Power and Barry Bremen are my heroes.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    Barry Bremen also tried to accept an Emmy Award for an absent Betty Thomas. Unfortunately for him, Betty Thomas was very much present.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    more like 8 sports frauds the fooled stupid americans and also a greedy soccer club owner and the englishmen

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  • May 29, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    These guys are legends LMAO!

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  • June 16, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    You forgot the #1 fraud: Soccer somehow managing to pass itself off as an actual sport. 🙂

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  • June 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Philadelphir?…every time I type "Philadelphir" it gives me the ole 'red line' for doing so; hmm. Maybe because theres NO "R" on the end of "Philadelphia" right?

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  • June 29, 2019 at 2:32 am
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    Nice to hear about the " Lewisville Slugger" and the " Pittsboro Pirates". Simon really should work on his pronunciation. "Mitsubushey" isn't correct either by the way.

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  • July 8, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    How could Rosie Ruiz not be on the list?

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  • September 2, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    I hate to burst your bubble Simon …… #8 actually took place in the Olympiastadion, Munich, Bayern's then home-ground (before the Allianz Arena) Munich is indeed a very long way from Greater Manchester. Big clues are the fact Manchester United are wearing their away kit and not their normal Red & White Home colours. Plus, the first leg of this two-legged tie had already been played at Old Trafford "Greater Manchester" two weeks earlier on 04/04/2001.

    At the time Karl Powers was a major prankster, he subsequently that Summer, played Tennis on Wimbledon's Centre-Court and then strolled out, with the England batsmen, to "open the batting" at Headingley in the England Australia Ashes Test!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    So no Frank Dux then?

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