We swear, that headline is entirely factual. It’s not gratuitously elaborated or blown out of proportion. Lee Murray, a former UFC fighter and one of the most fascinating sports subjects on the planet really did try to break out of a Moroccan prison, allegedly by taking out the window of his cell with small saws he was hiding in plates of biscuits.
(Not actually Lee Murray, but IS actually a Moroccan prison.)
Again, we’re not making any of this up. It turns out that Murray, who is being held on charges of cocaine possession (but is also wanted back in his native Britain for one of the most notorious and successful high stakes robberies since the days of the old West) had cut a ton of weight to prepare for an attempt to wriggle out of his window cell once he cut out all the bars. In case you aren’t up to speed on Moroccan prisons, we feel comfortable saying this about them: They don’t have very large windows. According to FIGHTERS ONLY MAGAZINE (via YAHOO!’s CAGEFIGHTER), Murray’s whole plan was foiled when he was kicked out of his jail cell for — get this — using a laptop with full internet access in his cell, an indiscretion which got him in more trouble when a full five kilograms of drugs were found in the cell as well.
The lives of most pro athletes is much different than you’d imagine. We see the full arenas on ESPNs and the mansions on MTV’s Cribs, but there are scores of minor leagues and lesser circuits around the world featuring thousands of professional athletes trying to make a living off their physical abilities. For every LeBron James, there are ten Paul Shirleys out there on the courts of places like Lebanon or, worse, North Dakota. For every Roger Federer, there are ten guys shlepping around the world, playing in out-of-the-way tournaments in off-the-beaten-path cities in countries you might’ve never even heard of. Millionaires? Some of these guys are just trying to make the rent back home, if their paychecks even clear, that is.
(Congrats on winning the Tajikistan Open - here’s a vase.)
One such guy is a pro tennis player by the name of Eric Butorac. He’s the #45-ranked doubles player in the world, but that’s an honorary that only gets one so far in places like Morocco. Like many globetrotting travelers on a budget, Butorac’s got some crazy stories to tell.
• And the Oscar goes to … Will Smith, for “Boom Goes The Dynamite!”
• An Oregon basketball coach has sex with underage girls, then waits until the statute of limitations runs out before admitting to it. You stay classy, Howard Avery!
• So much for skimming off of MLB prospects’ contracts to fund gay clubs.
• A Moroccan woman overcomes homelessness, an arranged marriage and a maternal beatdown to win in her MMA debut.
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