Posted on 20 June 2011 by SomeGood
By now just about everyone in Canada and many people around the world have heard about the Vancouver riots after the Canucks lost in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Every major news agency in the world covered the story including less likely sources such as Aljazeera.
Most people are universally disgusted and horrified by what they saw on the television. This disgust was well summed up by Rex Murphy on his regular opinion piece on the CBC.
The accusations have now reached the adventure industry via professional mountain biker Alex Prochazka aka Alex Pro. The following photo came to light, which although was not flattering, did not seem to imply any criminal activity as Alex celebrates covered in grease with his tongue out.
Originally Posted by Alex Pro
“Hello everybody. By now you’ve all seen the photo of me taken last night. I want to assure you that I had nothing to do with the arson of the car. Regardless I showed extremely poor judgement posing with it and involving myself that way. I feel very ashamed and want to appologize to my family, friends and supporters for this embarassment. This is not how i want to be remembered.”
That may be true but it certainly appears, although not proven yet, that he was involved in helping flip the truck he was posing with in this photo by Lung S Liu.
The following photo montage was assembled by Facebook group
‘Vancouver Riots Pics: Post Your Photos’
The following Global News video shows Alex smashing the truck with something before he helped flip it. See the 1:11 mark in video;
And it continues with a website dedicated to public shaming of people clearly caught involved in the riots. By early June 21st, 2011 the article already had 181 responses. As the public outcry rages on sponsors of Alex are beginning to crack. Alex was wearing a Oakley t-shirt as he posed for the photo in front of the burning car. Oakley Canada is now reconsidering his status with their organization.
We are currently reviewing our relationship with Alex Pro & will be taking actions to see that Alex becomes aware that we do not accept behavior like this from any of our athletes or spokesperson(s).
Why are so many Vancouverites, British Columbians and Canadians in particular so upset by the actions of rioters such as Alex:
$1,000,000 – cost taxpayers to host playoffs & to throw a big, free street party
+$5,000,000 – cost in riot property damages
+$1,000,000,000 – the cost to tourism and Vancouver’s reputation. 1 BILLION!!!
100‘s or 1000‘s of people’s livelihoods were threatened or destroyed
police and fire figthers were assaulted and threatened
good samaritans were savagely attacked trying to protect property
hospitals clogged & non-rioters with real health concerns avoiding the hospitals
UPDATE: June 21st
“Oakley does not condone or support the actions taken by Alex Prochazka. And as a result of his behavior, Oakley Canada has elected to end its association with Alex Prochazka effective immediately.”
Alex placed 6th at the 2007 Crankworx Slopestyle event, and was apparently the second person to ever land a double back flip in a mountain bike competition. What a waste that a talented athlete of Alex’s calibre would resort to such actions.
Happier days for Alex in a bike trip to Utah;
What do you think should will happen to Alex? Will he get arrested? Will he lose all of his sponsors?
A follow-up article to this post including Alex Pro apology and latest sponsor status can be found here;