Most sports fan donâ€™t mind a little trash talking. Rarely, though, will you witness it in bowling. But at this years PBA Summer Series, bowling fans will get a taste of just that. All because of a water bottle.
If you remember the â€˜Bottle Incidentâ€™ at the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs, weâ€™ll call the PBA Summer Series â€˜Bottle Incident Part Deuxâ€™ For those of you who missed the â€˜Bottle Incidentâ€™ at the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs allow me to explain. Jason Belmonte, who was bowling against Brad Angelo was sipping from a water bottle in between shots. Well, if youâ€™ve ever drank from a water bottle, you know the crinkling sound it has a tendency to make when it starts to get low. At one point, Angelo was up to bowl and Belmonte was holding the water bottle in his hands. Angelo, needing desperately to strike, heard the bottle start crinkling, stepped off the approach and asked him opponent to keep quiet. As Angelo stepped back onto the approach and began to deliver his shot, the bottle made a short popping sound in his backswing. Well, he didnâ€™t strike and immediately turned around to express his disappointment in his opponents obvious mistake. The incident itself was blown out of proportion seeing as how Belmonte clearly did not do it intentionally. Angelo accepted his apology after the fact and most people moved on.
Well at the PBA Summer Series, a similar incident occurred. Except this time, it was Belmonte, a water bottle, Sean Rash and some foul language.
At the expense of these players images, a tease of the incident has been posted by the PBA on You Tube. Iâ€™m guessing to draw in ratings. You can view it here.
Since the clip of the incident has surfaced, Belmonte has issued a statement attempting to explain himself.
â€œI have been labeled a cheat, a child, and much worse things by fans, and other pros. Even worse, pros that I considered friends. â€¨â€¨For what? Because I drink water out of a bottle? Donâ€™t all athletes during pressure filled situations?â€ Belmonte asked.
Today, in true Sean-style, Rash submitted a response,
â€œWhile I do apologize for my choice of language, I do not apologize for my actions on calling out Belmonte.â€ â€œI can assure you that I will most certainly call out Belmonte or any other player who tries to use these unprofessional tactics against me in the future.â€ He replied.
I personally believe itâ€™s a far stretch to call Belmonteâ€™s actions â€œunprofessional tactics.â€At the end of the day, I believe both bottle incidents were an accident. Itâ€™s too bad the PBA has taken this route, though. Far more exciting events occurred at this years Summer Series and are going to be overshadowed by a pitiful argument. Maybe next time though, the PBA should give Belmonte his water in a glass, just to be safe.
The PBA Summer Series a.k.a. â€˜Manufactures Cupâ€™ will begin airing this Saturday, June 25th at noon ET on ESPN and continue airing Sunday, June 26th, Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd.