There’s something bubbling in the murky Britball social media waters again. With unfortunate regularity, ballers on our shores are reporting contact from previously unknown figures who suggest that they are able to facilitate payments for playing Football in Britain.
We were contacted by a Lions international player who shared screenshots of a back and forth dialogue with a ‘Jack Robinson’, who claimed to represent a team in London who he claimed played in the “major League”, with additional claims that this unnamed team was in “desperate search for players”. Robinson claimed he was “under orders” not to reveal the name of the team.
At the urging of the sceptical baller, Robinson quickly reneged on his responsibility to keep things close to his chest.
Robinson promised a stunning base salary of £7000 a month (with more forthcoming if you “impress the team”), accomodation, food, transport, insurance, medical cover, a travel allowance, a weekly allowance, match bonuses and of course, the obligatory free phone and gym.
Shortly afterwards, Robinson let the cat out of the bag completely.
Once again, the misfortune falls upon the London Blitz. Naturally, the Blitz have once again refuted all claims made by what would appear to be another charlatan in our ranks.
After sending this document to our contact, Robinson was called out, and the erstwhile American Football scout seems to have gone quiet since. However, a cursory glance at his Facebook page shows that he is still adding some of Britain’s best and brightest athletes, although we can’t yet confirm if he’s tried to reach out to anybody else.
Robinson claims to be a “Senior Scout” at AF Player Scout. A quick google returns no records of any such organisation existing. Likewise, there is no record of him attending Louisiana State University to study Sports Management. There’s no mention of him anywhere…
So what do we know?
We know that Robinson is making promises for a team that has vehemently denied any association. We know that league, for now, remains at amateur status and none of you should be taking payment for playing. We know that there are no records of the company Robinson claims to represent.
We can guess at what’s coming next.
If you’re even contacted by anybody who claims they can make you money from a strictly amateur sport, contact the club that is allegedly represented and why not drop us a message too?
Stay vigilant, Britball.