According to a story by the CBC, the 50-year Canadian man was denied entry to the United States this week because of a conviction for possession of two grams of marijuana over 30 years ago.
Wilkinson, a Seattle Seahawks fan from Vancouver Island, beat out almost four million other players to win the trip to see the San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens. But when he got to the airport on Thursday, U.S. customs agents brought up an arrest the man had when he was 19. They denied him entry to the country and ended any chance of making it down to New Orleans for a memorable weekend.
"I had two grams of cannabis. I paid a $50 fine," Wilkinson told CBC. "I can't believe that this is happening, for something that happened 32 years ago."
CBC said Bud Light Canada, who sponsored the contest, invited Wilkinson to their Super Bowl party in Vancouver after hearing about his unfortunate situation.
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That's a nice gesture and Vancouver is a very beautiful city, but let's be blunt: It's also the most depressing consolation gift ever.
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