Poker commentator slammed for suggesting robbery
Jesse Abramowitz made an ill-fated joke during a poker broadcast
There are jokes that are funny and then there are jokes that are better left in the back pages of the mind. Jesse Abramowitz should have kept his on those pages, but the poker broadcaster blurted it out instead before immediately realizing his gaffe. Unfortunately for him, once it’s out there, it’s out there, and the poker community didn’t appreciate him suggesting that a group gang up to rob a poker player who was on a roll last Friday.
Abramowitz was providing coverage for last Friday’s Poker Night in America when he suggested that the broadcast viewers, with his participation, get together to “follow an intoxicated player home to rob him of his money.” The player was Quinn Bruno, and the suggestion that he be robbed wasn’t met with a lot of enthusiasm.
There were several high-profile robberies of poker players this summer during the WSOP games in Las Vegas, including the reported assault on Joe Salvaggi, which Abramowitz should have been aware of. Tony Miles was one of the many who called out the commentator, saying on Twitter, “As a professional I feel disappointed that a commentator would suggest that people follow my friend home from a high stakes game and rob him. It’s a scary world we live in and people should never be incited to behave violently.”
Some are claiming that the backlash is unwarranted, that some people are being overly sensitive. However, given how some suggestions made publicly can have drastic consequences, especially when made by a high-profile individual, it’s never a good idea to joke about conducting any illegal activity.
Abramowitz apologized through a Twitter post to Bruno and his friends and also reached out to Miles, a friend of Bruno, to apologize through him. Miles is willing to let the past stay in the past and Bruno is apparently on board, as well.