Liverpool Broke the Bank for Stewart Downing After Being Amazed by Fake Video
Downing has been a massive disappointment with his new club. At no time has he displayed the pinpoint accuracy on display in this video, in which he was able to kick five consecutive balls into trash cans from long range. Why, you ask? Because the footage was doctored.
That was something that the Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Premier League team, didn't know. The American duo of John Henry and Tom Werner were so fired up by the video that they didn't realize it was edited as part of an Aston Villa ticket campaign.
“John and I said: 'Oh my God, this player is brilliant, we've got to figure out a way to make a deal with him,'” Werner told the Birmingham Mail.
That's kind of pathetic, really. With a giant sample size of Downing performances on which to make a decision, these guys were swayed by 30 seconds of footage on the training ground? And while it's not overtly fake, there are countless commercials of sports stars doing impossible feats on television. It didn't occur to them that this might not be legit?
[H/T: The Big Lead]