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Dirty Tackle

Several possible reasons for Rooney dad’s betting scandal

Dirty Tackle

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Wayne Rooney's father, Wayne Sr., and uncle, plus Motherwell midfielder Steven Jennings were three of nine arrested in a betting irregularities investigation relating to a red card Jennings received in a match against Hearts last December. Bookies grew suspicious when several bets were made, include a £500 bet at 10-1 odds in Liverpool, where the Rooneys are from, on there being a red card in the match. As with last year's charges of cocaine dealing against John Terry's father, we're left to wonder why the dad of a millionaire athlete would allegedly bother taking part in such petty criminal activities. Here are several possible reasons:

-Since he has a similar hair pattern to his son, he's raising funds for a transplant just like Wayne's.

-Son's prostitutes don't pay for themselves.

-Realized that betting on a sure thing is the only way to make a non-Old Firm Scottish Premier League match interesting.

-It's early viral promotion of a new feature set for his son's FIFA 13 video game that adds an "embarrassing friends and family" component to the Be A Pro mode.

-Tired of hearing that he looks like "an older Shrek," so he wanted to be known for something else and this seemed like the best way to go.

-It's the hair thing.

-Seriously, it has to be the hair thing.

Photos: Reuters

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